Acacia suaveolens

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Acacia suaveolens
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Acacia suaveolens at Anglesea Heath, Victoria
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Clade: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
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 flower heads 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 Carl Ludwig Willdenow 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 978-0-207-15460-7.