Acacia plicata

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Acacia plicata
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Priority Three — Poorly Known Taxa (DEC)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. plicata
Binomial name
Acacia plicata
Maslin, 1975

Racosperma plicatum

Acacia plicata is a species of wattle which is endemic to an area between Perth and Geraldton in Western Australia.


It is an erect to pendulous shrub that usually grows from 0.9 to 2 metres (3.0 to 6.6 ft) in height. Its globular, yellow flowerheads appear from late winter until mid spring.[1][2]

The hairy leaves are bipinnate with linear to narrow-elliptical shaped leaflets to that are around 1.5 centimetres (0.6 in) in length.[3] The spherical flowerheads are held on slender stalks around 2.5 cm (1.0 in) in length exceeding the length of the leaves. Following flowering a 2 cm (0.8 in) distinctively pleated seed pod is formed.[3]


The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1975 as part of the work Studies in the genus Acacia (Mimosaceae) - A Revision of Series Pulchellae published in the journal Nuytsia.[4] The only known synonym is Racosperma plicatum as described by Leslie Pedley in 2003.[4]


The species is found around Dandaragan in the Mid West region of Western Australia where it grows mostly in loamy and clay soils, often overlying sandstone or siltstone and is common in drainage lines.[2] It is often found along watercourses in the understorey as a part of Eucalyptus wandoo and Eucalyptus loxophleba woodland communities.[5]


Seeds need to scarified or treated with boiling water prior to planting. It is drought and frost tolerant.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Acacia plicata". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Acacia plicata". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  3. ^ a b c "Acacia plicata". Wattles - Genus Acacia. Australian National Botanical Gardens. Retrieved 19 August 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Acacia plicata Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 19 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "Acacia plicata". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 19 August 2018.