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Threatened species

Mallee Golden Wattle - 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 notabilis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 15 Aug 2018


Acacia notabilis is a bushy and spreading, hairless shrub, usually to 3 m tall, with dark reddish-brown branchlets. The thick leathery phyllodes (wattle leaves) are 5 - 15 cm long and 8 - 25 mm wide. The flower-heads are spherical, golden-yellow in colour and are on stalks 3 - 6 mm long. The pods are straight, somewhat leathery, 3 - 7 cm long, 8 - 14 mm wide, and have margins that are sometimes thickened.


Occurs west from Menindee in the far western plains of NSW. Early collections come from Byrnedale Station near Menindee and a locality south of Broken Hill. Known in Victoria from two disjunct locations in the central-north and north-west. Common throughout some regions of South Australia.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in mallee communities and open woodland on stony and rocky hills; soils types include brown lateritic loam, red clay-loam, shallow stony sands and red silty gravely sand.
  • Associated species include Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. gracilis, E. socialis, E. calycogona, E. leptophylla, Melaleuca uncinata, Acacia spp., Sclerolaena diacantha and Beyeria opaca.
  • Flowers from July to November and can be grown from seeds.
  • Grows as a lower open shrub layer within mallee shrubland, with an open shrub, herb and grass stratum.
  • Plant abundance in populations has been recorded as frequent to abundant, with one population forming a dense roadside scrub. Possibly naturalised in New South Wales from plantings around Broken Hill or, if natural, it appears to be now uncommon in New South Wales.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Ocean - Other StateSouthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Other StateVIC Known None