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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 torulosa

Acacia torulosa Benth., 1859

Acacia julifera F.Muell.
Racosperma torulosum (Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia torulosa

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Northern Territory, Queensland

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

Bentham, G., 1859. Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Botany. London 3:139.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia torulosa in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Aug 16. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia torulosa. Published online. Accessed: Aug 16 2019. 2019. Acacia torulosa. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug 16.
Catalogue of Life: 2020 Annual Checklist
Acacia torulosa – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia torulosa in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10..

Vernacular names

Acacia torulosa is a shrub or tree belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is native to north eastern Australia.

One common name is "Thancoupie".[1]


The somewhat resinous shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1.3 to 15 m (4 ft 3 in to 49 ft 3 in). It has brown to grey coloured bark that become flaky with age. The glabrous are angled to terete. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The thinly to moderately coriaceous phyllodes are a yellowish green colour and have a linear to very narrowly elliptic shape with a length of 5 to 20 cm (2.0 to 7.9 in) and a width of 4 to 18 mm (0.16 to 0.71 in). They are scurfy when mature and have a prominent midnerve and one or two more prominent nerves. It blooms between March and July producing golden flowers. The cylindrical flower-spikes are 1 to 4 cm (0.39 to 1.57 in) in length. The glabrous and linear seed pods that form after flowering and resemble a string of beads that are convex over the seeds. The pods are 6 to 20 cm (2.4 to 7.9 in) in length and 3 to 6.5 mm (0.12 to 0.26 in) wide and have longitudinally arranged nerves and ridges. The dark brown seeds within the pods are arranged longitudinally. The seeds have an elliptic shape and are 4.5 to 6.5 mm (0.18 to 0.26 in) in length and have a narrowly oblong areole.[2]

It is endemic to the tropical areas of the Northern Territory and Queensland where it is often situated on rocky hillsides or around beaches or watercourses growing in alluvial sandy soils as a part of Eucalyptus woodland or mixed shrubland communities.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


""Thancoupie" (Acacia torulosa)". Australian Plant Name Index, IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
"Acacia torulosa". WorldWideWattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 13 February 2020.

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