Seeds of South Australia
Acacia glandulicarpa (Leguminosae)
Hairy-pod Wattle
List of species for Acacia
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium regions:
Northern Lofty, Murray, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Broughton (FLB02)Flinders Lofty Block
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv)+2ab(i,ii,iii,i)   (Definite Decline)   [less than 100 plants near Burra Gorge. Roadside pops, + 1 reserve pop.]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04)Murray Darling Depression
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR D)   (Probable Decline)   [only 4 plants known; suckers; highly restricted]
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. Glandulicarpa from the Latin 'glandula' meaning a small gland and Greek 'karpos' meaning fruit, referring to the legume covered with glandular  hairs.
Found in two small populations in South Australia, the main population in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, in the Burra Gorge area on rocky hillside in open scrub vegetation and also in the South-east close to Victoria. Also found in Victoria.
Native. Very rare in South Australia. Very rare in Victoria.
Plant description:
Somewhat viscid, rather dense, rounded, spreading, much branched shrubs to 2 m high with a dull olive-green foliage. Branches grey-brown, terete, pubescent, marked with small raised leaf bases along the stems. Leaves obliquely oblong-obovate to more or less elliptical to 12 mm long and 6 mm wide, erect, thick, rigid, glabrous, minutely glandular, sometimes viscid when young; lower edges usually undulate, 2-veined with the central vein more prominent. Inflorescences simple and axillary, solitary or twin with globular, bright yellow flower-heads.  Flowering between July and October.
Fruit type:
Narrowly oblong, straight or curved pods to 3 cm long and 3 mm wide, viscid and covered with glandular shining hairs.
Seed type:
Hard, dark brown, obovoid to ellipsoid seeds to 5 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 four collections, the seed viability was very low to high, ranging from 5% to 90%.
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
BGA653 (6.53 g)32-Dec-2004DJD 63
South Eastern
24000 (311 g)
24500 (318.5 g)
100+6-Dec-2004PJA 93
Northern Lofty
BGA1300 (7.55 g)30+24-Dec-2005KHB024
Northern Lofty
BGA1350 (11.52 g)30+28-Nov-2007KHB92
Northern Lofty
BGA4300 (64.47 g)50+27-Dec-2007KHB110
Northern Lofty
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.