Acacia leucolobia

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

An open shrub to 3 m high, naturally found in NSW from near Coolah in the north, south to Katoomba and Burrinjuck, in heath and dry sclerophyll forests. It is mainly found on the central tablelands and central western slopes. Possibly occurs in the Bowral to Wingello area in the southern highlands.

Phyllodes (modified leaves) are obovate to elliptic, straight to 3 cm long and about 1.5 cm wide.

Flowers produced in globular heads, to 7 mm diameter with up to 10 very small staminate flowers per head. The heads are produced in racemes in phyllode axils with up to 15 heads per raceme. The flowers are bright yellow with the buds tinged reddish. Flowering is from August to September.

Seed pods straight to slightly curved, to 8 cm long and less than 1 cm wide,

In the garden

No recorded cultivation notes, however it would be frost tolerant.

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

Most wattles will regenerate from seed after fire with some species exhibiting suckering from the base.

Acacia from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
leucolobia is an adjective “leuco” (Gk. λευκό) meaning “white” and “lobia (Gk. λοβια) meaning “beans” referring to the white wax or granules on the pods (a term called pruinose).

Not known to be at risk after fire.


By Jeff Howes