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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 veronica

Acacia veronica Maslin, 1989

Racosperma veronica (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia veronica

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Maslin, B.R., 1989. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium. South Perth, W.A. 7(1): 43.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia veronica 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 17. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia veronica. Published online. Accessed: Aug 17 2019. 2019. Acacia veronica. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug 17.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia veronica – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.

Vernacular names

Acacia veronica, commonly known as Veronica's wattle,[1] is a shrub or tree of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to a small area of south western Australia.


The shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 10 metres (5 to 33 ft)[2] and has aromatic, glabrous and finely ribbed branchlets resinous when still immature. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The thinly leathery and evergreen phyllodes have a linear to linear-elliptic shape and are straight to slightly incurved with a length of 9 to 15 cm (3.5 to 5.9 in) and a width of 3 to 8 mm (0.12 to 0.31 in) and has two to three nerves per face with the central nerve being most prominent.[1] It blooms from March to September and produces white-cream flowers.[2] The inflorescences occur in pairs on racemes with an axis length of 2 to 6 mm (0.079 to 0.236 in) and have spherical flower-heads with a diameter of 7 to 12 mm (0.28 to 0.47 in) containing 24 to 27 white to cream coloured flowers. The thinly leathery to papery seed pods that form after flowering have a linear shape with a length up to 11 cm (4.3 in) and a width of 5 to 6 mm (0.20 to 0.24 in) and contain shiny dark brown seeds with an oblong shape and an length of about 6 mm (0.24 in) with a white aril.[1]

The specie was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1989 as a part of the work Acacia veronica Maslin (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae), a new species of Acacia endemic in the Stirling Range, Western Australia as described in the journal Nuytsia. In 2003 it was reclassified by Leslie Pedley as Racosperma veronicae then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[3] It is thought to be reasonably closely related to Acacia spongolitica but not to other species found in Western Australia, it also appears similar in appearance to Acacia cyclops.[1]

It is native to an area in the Great Southern region of Western Australia where it is commonly situated in sheltered sites near summits and in gullies along creeks and streams.[2] The range of the plant is contained within the Stirling Range National Park as a part of Eucalyptus marginata - Corymbia calophylla or Eucalyptus wandoo woodlands or forest communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia veronica". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
"Acacia veronica". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia veronica Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 22 January 2021.

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