Acacia phasmoides

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Phantom wattle
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Clade: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
A. phasmoides
Binomial name
Acacia phasmoides
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Occurrence data from AVH

Racosperma phasmoides (J.H.Willis) Pedley

Acacia phasmoides, commonly known as phantom wattle,[3] is a shrub species that is endemic to south-eastern Australia.[3]


It grows to between 1 and 4 metres high and has phyllodes that are 5 to 12.5 cm long and 1 to 2 mm wide. The bright yellow globular flowerheads appear singly or in groups of two in the axils of the phyllodes from September to November, followed by curved seed pods which are 5 to 9 cm long and 2 to 4 mm wide.[3][4]


The species was formally described in 1967 by botanist Jim Willis based on plant material collected from Pine Mountain in north-eastern Victoria.[4] It was reclassified as Racosperma phasmoides by Leslie Pedley in 2003 and then trnasferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[5]


Its distribution is limited to a small area on the border between south-eastern New South Wales and north-eastern Victoria.[6] In New South Wales it is found along the southern edge of Woomargama National Park and has an estimated population of where the population contains an to 2000 plants. In Victoria it is found in the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park from two stands east of the summit of Pine Mountain with nine plants in one stand and between 150 and 250 in the other. The Victorian populations are located approximately 35 km (22 mi) from the New South Wales populations.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. "Acacia phasmoides —Phantom Wattle". Species Profile and Threats Database. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Acacia phasmoides ". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Acacia phasmoides ". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Acacia phasmoides ". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government.
  5. ^ "Acacia phasmoides J.H.Willis". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 20 July 2020.
  6. ^ Sutter, Geoff (2010). "National Recovery Plan for Phantom Wattle - Acacia phasmoides" (PDF). State of Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.