Acacia gladiiformis

Sword-wattle or Sword-leaf wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia gladiiformis grows to 3 m tall, on the tablelands and western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales, from Warialda in the north through to Cowra in the south. Also grows in the south east area of Queensland.

Phyllodes (modified leaves) are narrowly oblanceolate, to 15 cm and to about 1 cm wide.

Flowers are produced in globular heads, to 1 cm diameter, with each head containing up to 50 very small, staminate flowers.

The heads are arranged in groups/racemes of up to 12, produced in the leaf axils, between July and October.

The seed pods have a length of up to 15 cm and a width to 1 cm.

In the garden

Attractive in flower with handsome foliage and suitable for growing in home gardens. This plant is useful for revegetation of sites with poor soils.

Acacias can suffer from a number of pests, including borers, scale, galls and leaf miners. Growing plants suitable to your local environment minimises these occurring.


Propagation is easy from scarified seed by covering with boiling water for 24 hours and discarding any seeds still floating on the surface.

Other information

Very similar to Acacia hakeoides and may be confused with such. A. hakeoides has fewer flowers per head.

Most wattles will regenerate from seed after fire but may also reshoot from the basal parts.

Acacia – from Greek acis, a thorn.
gladiiformis – from the Latin word for “sword” (gladio) in reference to the shape of the phyllodes (origin of words such as “gladiator”).

Unknown to be at risk in the wild.


By Jeff Howes