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Acacia aemula
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Occurrence data from AVH

Acacia aemula is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and subgenus Alatae. It is native to an area along the south coast of Western Australia.


The shrub is prostrate to semi-prostrate, open branched and rush-like that typically grows to a height of 0.2 to 0.4 metres (0.66 to 1.3 ft). It produces white-cream flowers from May to June


The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1995 in the work Acacia Miscellany 13. Taxonomy of some Western Australian phyllocladinous and aphyllodinous taxa (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) as published in the journal Nuytsia. It was later reclassified as Racosperma aemulum by Leslie Pedley in 2003 then returned to the genus Acacia in 2006.

Two subspecies are recognized :

  • Acacia aemula subsp. aemula
  • Acacia aemula subsp. muricata


It is found along the south coast of Western Australia in the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions extending from around Albany east to Cape Arid National Park where it grows among granite outcrops and flats near creeks in sandy soils.

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