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Threatened species

Acacia gordonii - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Acacia gordonii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 06 Jun 1997
Profile last updated: 12 Jul 2019


An erect or spreading shrub, 0.5 - 1.5 m high, with smooth grey bark. Branchlets and leaves (phyllodes) are usually hairy. Phyllodes are alternate or sometimes whorled or clustered, straight or almost sickle-shaped, 5 - 15 mm long, about 1 mm wide, with a pointed tip. Flower heads are golden yellow arising singly in the angle between phyllodes and the stem on a hairy peduncle (stalk) that is 8 - 12 mm long. The seed pod is 25 - 55 mm long, 9 - 14 mm wide, and glaucous (dull blue-green in colour with a whitish bloom).


Restricted to the north-west of Sydney, it has a disjunct distribution occurring in the lower Blue Mountains in the west, and in the Maroota/Glenorie area in the east. This species is known from only a few locations and current information suggests the total number of individuals may be less than 2000, with only one population supporting greater than 400 individuals. A relatively large proportion of individuals (approximately 850) occur on conservation reserve within Blue Mountains National Park. This species is found within the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Baulkham Hills local government areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heathlands amongst or within rock platforms on sandstone outcrops.
  • Flowers August to September and produces fruit October to February. The fruit is a pod containing hard-coated seed. The seed ultimately forms a persistent soil stored seedbank.
  • Is identified in Benson and McDougall (1996) as a resprouter, however it is likely that the species’ ability to resprout following fire varies as anecdotal observations suggest (at least in one instance) few adults resprouted following a fire (Ross Doig pers. comm. 2002). Such variation in fire response is not unusual for Acacia.
  • Fire promotes germination of the soil stored seedbank and seed germination will not occur in the absence of fire as the hard-coated seed requires heat to break seed dormancy, as is typical of species within Fabaceae.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinCumberland Predicted North of the Great Western Highway
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None