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Acacia loderi shrublands - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Acacia loderi shrublands
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Ecological Community
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 06 Oct 2000
Profile last updated: 15 Jun 2020


The Acacia loderi Shrubland community is dominated by the tall shrub or small tree, Acacia loderi (commonly known in some parts of its range as Nelia). Other tree species that may occur in association with A. loderi are A. aneura, A. oswaldii, Callitris gracilis, Casuarina pauper and Flindersia maculosa.


The Acacia loderi Shrublands are known from the Broken Hill Complex, Murray-Darling Depression, Cobar Peneplain, Riverina, Mulga Lands and Darling Riverine Plains Bioregions. Sites occur from south-western NSW to north-western Victoria and eastern South Australia. In NSW, the community is mainly confined to south-western NSW, extending east to Hillston and north to White Cliffs. The major stands occur between Broken Hill, Ivanhoe and Wilcannia, while isolated stands occur beyond these areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • The community has a naturally open structure of individual shrubs to small trees (to 8 m tall) with a low, diverse understorey dominated by chenopod sub-shrubs, herbs and grasses. The community is often interspersed by woodlands of Belah Casuarina pauper, Rosewood Alectryon oleifolius or Flindersia maculosa.
  • Indigenous people have a strong cultural association with Nelia.
  • Remnants are found on solonized brown and duplex soils on level to undulating plains or on calcareous red earths; at Kinchega National Park remnants are restricted to level areas on solonized brown soils; typical habitat has a rainfall range of 240mm to 280mm.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Known None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Known None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
RiverinaLachlan Predicted None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None