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Acacia obtriangularis
Conservation status

Priority One — Poorly Known Taxa (DEC)
Scientific classification

Acacia obtriangularis, also commonly knowns as Lawley River wattle, is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to a small area of north western Australia.


The shrub typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 2 m (4 ft 11 in to 6 ft 7 in) and has an erect habit The branchlets are covered with fine short hairs and have slender stipules that curve upward from the base and are 2 to 3 mm (0.079 to 0.118 in) in length. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The pungent and evergreen phyllodes have an inaequilaterally obtriangular with a length of 3 to 5 mm (0.12 to 0.20 in) and a width of 2 to 3 mm (0.079 to 0.118 in) with six to eight often indistinct longitudinal nerves. It blooms around March or April producing yellow flowers.


The species was first formally described by the botansists Bruce Maslin, Matthew David Barrett and Russell Lindsay Barrett in 2013 as a part of the work A baker's dozen of new wattles highlights significant Acacia (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) diversity and endemism in the north-west Kimberley region of Western Australia as published in the journal Nuytsia. It is a part of the larger Acacia deltoidea group but is easily distinguished from other members by virtue of its spicate inflorescences and is most closely related to Acacia froggattii and Acacia vincentii.


It is native to a small area in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is found as part of a single population that covers an area of several square kilometres near the mouth of the Lawley River where it is found growing in sandy soils over sheets of sandstone.

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