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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Caesalpinioideae
Tribus: Acacieae
Genus: Acacia
Species: Acacia restiacea

Acacia restiacea Benth., 1842

Acacia restiacea var. scoparia Meisn.
Acacia squamata C.Morren
Chithonanthus restiaceus (Benth.) Lehm.
Racosperma restiaceum (Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia restiacea

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Bentham, G., 1842. The London Journal of Botany. London 1:323.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia restiacea in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 12. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia restiacea. Published online. Accessed: Aug 12 2019. 2019. Acacia restiacea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 12 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia restiacea – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia restiacea in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

Acacia restiacea is a species of Acacia belonging to the sub genus Alatae which is native to Western Australia.


It is a small, leafless shrub that typically grows to a height of 0.5 to 1.5 metres (1.6 to 4.9 ft). The shrub resembles rushes but can have an erect or sprawling habit.[1] It is usually multi-stemmed, the green glaucous stems are terete and finely striate. The bipinnate foliage is sometimes present toward the base of the stems. Phyllodes are rarely present and resemble the stems, pentagonal-terete in section. The phyllodes are 7 to 25 millimetres (0.28 to 0.98 in) in length and 0.7 mm (0.028 in) wide.[2] It flowers from late winter to late spring between August and November producing yellow flowers.[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1842 as part of the William Jackson Hooker work Notes on Mimoseae, with a synopsis of species published in the London Journal of Botany. It was reclassified in 2003 by Leslie Pedley as Racosperma restiaceum and then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

It is found from the Mid West, extending through the Wheatbelt and into the Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia. It is found as far north as Northampton to coastal suburbs of Perth in the south and out to Westonia in the east. Isolated populations are also found near Tambellup and Menzies. The plant is found in a variety of habitats growing in rocky or gravelly loam soils over or around granite.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia restiacea". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia restiacea". World Wide Wattle. Herbarium of Western Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
"Acacia restiacea Benth". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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