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Acacia amanda
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Occurrence data from AVH

Racosperma amanda (G.J.Leach) Pedley

Acacia amanda is a shrub in the genus Acacia that is native to Northern Territory.


Acacia amanda is an erect, often multi-stemmed shrub which grows from 0.4–2 m high. Its branchlets are smooth, and have a waxy bloom. The dull grey green phyllodes are narrowly elliptic, straight to strongly recurved, and 38–124 mm long by 8–36 mm wide, and have three main nerves. The inflorescences are simple or racemose with the raceme axes 75–180 mm long on peduncles 15–35 mm long with 1–3 per axil. The heads are globular with 35–53 flowers, and golden. Flowers are 5-merous and have free sepals. The pods are narrow with the seeds raising the pods prominently and they are straight and 42–110 mm long by 7–13 mm wide and are papery and thin. The seeds are without arils and 6–7.5 mm long, and a dull, dark brown or black.

It is found along seasonal creek lines and clay flats downstream from the Koolpin gorge.

It flowers from May to November.


The species was first formally described by the botanist Gregory John Leach in 2001. It was reclassified as Racosperma amanda in 2003 and then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2006.


It is endemic to a small area on the Arnhem Plateau, in Kakadu.


The specific epithet comes from Amanda, the first name of the wife of the species author.

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