Acacia farinosa

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Mealy wattle
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Clade: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
A. farinosa
Binomial name
Acacia farinosa

Racosperma farinosa Pedley

Acacia farinosa, commonly known as mealy wattle, is a shrub that is endemic to Australia.[2] It grows to between 1 and 2 metres high and has ascending phyllodes.[2] The yellow globular flower heads generally appear between August and October in its native range.[3] These are followed by curled and twisted pods which are up to 6 cm long and 2–3 mm wide.[2]

The species was formally described by English botanist John Lindley in 1838 from material collected on Thomas Mitchell's expedition near Lake Charm, Victoria in 1836.[1] The description was published in Mitchell's Three Expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia. The name Acacia whanii F.Muell. ex Benth. has been misapplied to this species.[1]

The species occurs naturally in shrubland and woodland in South Australia and Victoria.[2] It often occurs in association with Eucalyptus incrassata and Melaleuca uncinata.[3]


The species may be used as a groundcover in coastal areas.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Acacia farinosa". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  2. ^ a b c d "Acacia farinosa". World Wide Wattle. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Acacia farinosa". Electronic Flora of South Australia Fact Sheet. State Herbarium of South Australia. Retrieved 2009-09-17.