Seeds of South Australia
Acacia erinacea (Leguminosae)
Prickly Wattle
List of species for Acacia
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium region:
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA regions
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)Nullarbor
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Hampton (HAM01)Hampton
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Acacia]
Name derivation:
Acacia from the Greek 'akakia' and derived from 'ake' or 'akis' meaning a sharp point or thorn and 'akazo' meaning to sharpen. Dioscorides, the Greek physician and botanist used the word in the 1st century AD for the Egyptian thorn tree, Acacia arabica. Erinacea from the Latin 'erinaceus' meaning prickly, referring to its prickly nature.
A minor occurrence in the south-west corner of the Nullarbor region, found in open scrub vegetation in shallow calcareous loamy soils. Also occurs in Western Australia.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Common in Western Australia.
Plant description:
Small, rigid, spreading, intricate shrubs to 2 m high. Branches spine-tipped, whitish slightly angular-striate, glabrous, becoming grey-brown with young growth reddish. Leaves narrow to broadly obliquely lanceolate to 12 mm long and 4 mm wide, flat, thick, rigid, erect or spreading, grey-green or often with a whitish scurfy covering. Young leaves reddish-brown with a small gland on the upper margin below the centre of the leaves. Inflorescences simple and axillary, solitary with globular, yellow flower-heads. Flowering between September and October
Fruit type:
Brown, oblong pods to 3 cm long and 1 cm wide, flattish-obtuse but shortly pointed.
Seed type:
Hard, dark brown to black, ovoid to sectoroid seed to 3 mm long and 3 mm wide.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature pods that are turning brown with hard, dark seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the pods in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks or until the pods begin to split. Then rub the dried pods to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate any unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 85%.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking or softening the seed coat).
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
BGA2400 (25.83 g)154-Nov-2009MJT243
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.