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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 ulicifolia

Acacia ulicifolia (Salisb.) Court, 1957

Mimosa juniperina Vent.
Mimosa ulicifolia Salisb.
Phyllodoce juniperina (Vent.) Link
Racosperma ulicifolium (Salisb.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia ulicifolia

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria

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

Court, A.B., 1957. Victorian Naturalist 73:173.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia ulicifolia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 17. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia ulicifolia. Published online. Accessed: Aug 17 2019. 2019. Acacia ulicifolia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 17 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia ulicifolia – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia ulicifolia in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10..

Vernacular names
English: Juniper Wattle, Prickly Moses

Acacia ulicifolia, commonly known as prickly Moses or juniper wattle is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae, native to Australia.


Acacia ulicifolia is decumbent to an erect shrub 0.5–2 m (1 ft 8 in – 6 ft 7 in) high, with smooth grey bark.[1] The phyllodes which are leaf like in appearance and function, are short and needle like, 8–14 mm (0.31–0.55 in) long.[2]

The inflorescence of the plant, or the collections of flowers, consist of a flower head attached to the stem by a long slender stalk 8–15 mm (0.31–0.59 in) long. The flowers are pale cream. The pod is 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) long, 3 mm (0.12 in) wide, curved and evenly constricted between the seeds.[2] Flowering period is mid autumn to mid spring.[1]

The common name prickly Moses is a corruption of prickly mimosa.[2]

Acacia ulicifolia was first described by R.A. Salisbury in 1796 as Mimosa ulicifolia,[3] but in 1957 was placed in the genus Acacia by A.B. Court.[4]
Habitat and ecology

Acacia ulicifolia is found in dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands, usually in sandy soil. It is widespread in New South Wales along the coast and tablelands. It is also found in Queensland, Victoria (Australia) and Tasmania.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia ulicifolia". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
Fairley, Alan; Moore, Philip (1995). Native Plants of the Sydney District: An Idendification Guide (1st ed.). Crows Nest, New South Wales: Kangaroo Press. p. 121.
"Mimosa ulicifolia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
"Acacia ulicifolia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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