Acacia pulchella R.Br.

Western Prickly Moses

Shrub to 2 m tall,with zig-zag branches that have fine ribbing and 1-2 spines at most axils. Leaves bipinnate, with 1 pair of branches and 3-8 pairs of 1-5 mm-long leaflets on each. Flower heads globular, of 24-43 5-parted flowers; winter to spring. Fruit pods narrowly oblong, 2-4.5 cm long, 1.5-3 mm wide.

A. drewiana W.V. Fitzg. from WA has bluish leaflets on a curved axis; A. lasiocarpa Benth. from WA has strongly recurved, almost cylindrical leaves.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Mimosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
genus        Acacia Mill.