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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 spania

Acacia spania Pedley

Austrobaileya 1(2): 140. 1978

Acacia spania, also known as western rosewood,[1] is a tree belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is endemic to north eastern Australia.


The single stemmed tree that can grow to a height of around 15 metres (49 ft) and has iron type style bark. The glabrous and angular branchlets have a light brown colour and are usually scurfy. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The glabrous and evergreen phyllodes have a narrowly elliptic to elliptic shape and are flat and straight to slightly curved. The phyllodes have a length of 2 to 4.5 cm (0.79 to 1.77 in) and a width of 6 to 18 mm (0.24 to 0.71 in). The grey green to blue-green are quite stiff phyllodes and have three to five main longitudinal nerves.[2] It blooms between August and September[1] producing cylindrical flower-spikes that are 2 to 5 cm (0.79 to 1.97 in) in length[2] containing bright yellow to lemon yellow coloured flowers.[1]

It is found in a small area of the central coast of Queensland mostly from a couple of localities around Emerald where it is situated in red soils often present as dense stands as a part of woodland communities where it is often associated with species of Eucalyptus[2] and other species of Acacia. The tree is usually found among rocky sandstone ridges and on hills in sandy to loamy soils at altitudes of 400 to 600 m (1,300 to 2,000 ft) over an area of around approximately 205,000 km2 (79,000 sq mi) from north of Aramac to about Roma in the south.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia spania". Species Profile. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
"Acacia spania". WorldWideWattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 3 February 2020.

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