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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 spooneri

Acacia spooneri O'Leary

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 20: 11. 2002

Acacia spooneri is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae. It is native to a small area in South Australia


The spindly and slender shrub or tree can grow to a height of 4 m (13 ft) and often has an open habit and a single stem. It has glabrous and reddish brown branchlets. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The pale green to grey-green glabrous phyllodes have a narrowly elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate shape. The coriaceous to thinly coriaceous phyllodes have a length of 2.2 to 10.2 cm (0.87 to 4.02 in) and a width of 6 to 26 mm (0.24 to 1.02 in) with a prominent central midrib and clearly visible lateral nerves. It blooms throughout the year most prolifically between May and August.[1]

A. spooneri was first described by M.C. O'Leary in 2002.[2][3]

It has a disjunct distribution and is known in two areas that are situated approximately 150 km (93 mi) apart in the Flinders Range in South Australia. It is found around Brachina Gorge and Wilpena Pound in the north and around Nectar Brook on the Winninowie Range in the south. It is odften situated on rocky ridgetops as a part of mallee communities over spinifex grassland or in Callitris pine communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia spooneri O'Leary". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
"Acacia spooneri". Australian Plant Name Index, IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
O'Leary, M.C. (2002). "Acacia spooneri (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae: Sect. Phyllodineae), a new species from the Flinders Ranges" (PDF). Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. 20: 11–15, Fig. 1.

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