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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 rostellifera

Acacia rostellifera Benth., 1842

Racosperma rostelliferum (Benth.) Pedley (2003)
Acacia subbinervia Meisn. (1844)
Acacia cyanophylla var. dorrienii Domin (1923)

Misapplied names

Acacia salicina sens. Hochr. (1925) Misapplied name non Acacia salicina Lindl., (1838)


Acacia rostellifera Seem. = Acacia microbotrya Benth.

Native distribution areas:
Acacia rostellifera

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. 1: 356.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia rostellifera in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 13. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia rostellifera. Published online. Accessed: Aug 13 2019. 2019. Acacia rostellifera. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 13 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia rostellifera – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia rostellifera in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Acacia rostellifera, commonly known as summer-scented wattle or skunk tree, is a coastal tree or small tree in the family Fabaceae. Endemic to Western Australia, it occurs along the west coast as far north as Kalbarri in the Southwest Australia savanna ecoregion, and along the south coast as far east as Israelite Bay.

The summer-scented wattle generally reproduces by suckers from underground stems. Because of this suckering, the species often forms thickets that exclude all other species. The tallest Acacia of its area, it can grow to 10 metres. Specimens above 3 metres are not often seen, however, as bushfires occur often in its area. Fire burns the plants right to the ground, but the underground stem resprouts vigorously.
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia rostellifera". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government.
"Acacia rostellifera". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Powell, Robert (1990). Leaf and Branch: Trees and Tall Shrubs of Perth. Perth, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management. ISBN 978-0-7309-3916-0.

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