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Stirling Range wattle
Conservation status

Declared rare (DEC)
Scientific classification
"Acacia awestoniana" occurrence data from Australasian Virtual Herbarium
Acacia awestoniana occurrence data from Australasian Virtual Herbarium

Acacia awestoniana, commonly known as the Stirling Range wattle, is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves.


The spreading viscid shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 2.4 to 3 metres (8 to 10 ft) and to a width of around 4 m (13 ft). It blooms from September to November and produces yellow flowers. The obliquely widely elliptic to elliptic phyllodes are 1.5 to 3 centimetres (1 to 1 in) long and 11 to 22 millimetres (0.4 to 0.9 in) wide. The simple inflorescences have globular flower heads with a diameter of 5 to 6 mm (0.20 to 0.24 in) containing 54 to 60 golden flowers. The seed pods that form later are straight to narrowly oblong. They have a length of around 2.2 cm (0.87 in) and a width of 3 to 5 mm (0.12 to 0.20 in) and contain glossy brown oblong-elliptic seeds.


It is native to a small area in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The plant is found on the lower slopes, on flats and along watercourses and grows in loamy or sandy clay loamy soils.

A. awestoniana is confined to a small area with the Stirling Range National Park and fewer than 1,000 individual plants are known to exist. It is usually found as a part of Eucalyptus woodland communities, associated species include Eucalyptus wandoo, Eucalyptus redacta and Acacia pulchella.

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