Acacia suaveolens

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Acacia suaveolens
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Acacia suaveolens at Anglesea Heath, Victoria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. suaveolens
Binomial name
Acacia suaveolens
  • Acacia angustifolia (Jacq.) H.L.Wendl.
  • Acacia odorata var. angustifolia (Jacq.) Desv. nom. inval.
  • Acacia suaveolens subsp. prostrata D.A.Morrison & A.J.Rupp
  • Acacia suaveolens (Sm.) Willd. var. suaveolens
  • Acacia suaveolens (Sm.) Willd. subsp. suaveolens
  • Acacia suaveolens var. platycarpa DC.
  • Acacia suaveolens subsp. montana D.A.Morrison & A.J.Rupp
  • Acacia suaveolens subsp. grampianensis D.A.Morrison & A.J.Rupp
  • Acacia suaveolens subsp. myallensis D.A.Morrison & A.J.Rupp
  • Hecatandra suaveolens (Sm.) Raf.
  • Mimosa ambigua K.D.Koenig & Sims nom. illeg.
  • Mimosa angustifolia Jacq.
  • Mimosa obliqua Lam.
  • Mimosa suaveolens Sm.
  • Phyllodoce angustifolia (Jacq.) Link
  • Phyllodoce suaveolens (Sm.) Link
  • Racosperma suaveolens (Sm.) Pedley

Acacia suaveolens (sweet wattle) is a shrub species endemic to Australia.[2] It grows to between 0.3 and 3.5 metres high and has smooth purplish-brown or light green bark and has straight or slightly curving blue-green phyllodes [3][4] The pale yellow to near white globular flowerheads generally appear between April and September in its native range.[3] These are followed by flattened, bluish oblong pods which are up to 2 to 5 cm long and 8 to 19 mm wide.[3][4]

The species was first formally described by English botanist James Edward Smith in 1791 in Transactions of the Linnean Society of London He described it with reference to a cultivated plant at Syon House which had been raised by Thomas Hoy from seed that originated from New South Wales.[1] The species was transferred into the genus Acacia by C.L. Wildenow in 1806.[1]

The species occurs naturally on sandy soils in heathland and dry sclerophyll forest in South Australia and Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland.[3]


This species provides winter colour in a garden and may be used as a low screen plant.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Acacia suaveolens". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Acacia suaveolens". World Wide Wattle. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d "'Acacia suaveolens". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b c Greig, D. (1987). The Australian Gardener's Wildflower Catalogue. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-15460-0.