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Ausfeld's Wattle - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Acacia ausfeldii
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 07 Sep 2007
Profile last updated: 02 Jan 2019


Acacia ausfeldii is an erect or spreading shrub 2 - 4 m high with branchlets angled or flattened, resinous and smooth. The phyllodes (leaves) are narrowly elliptic to linear-oblong, straight to slightly curved, 2 - 7 cm long, 2 - 5 mm wide, hairless and are dotted with resin glands. Acacia ausfeldii phyllodes have a prominent mid-vein and less pronounced lateral veins, they also have an obtuse apex with a short sharp tip. There is a small gland located near the base of the phyllode and the pulvinus is less than 2 mm long. Two or sometimes 3 flower clusters stemming from the leaf axil and the flower stalks are 4 - 9 mm long, hairy and enclosed by small oval shaped bracts. Flower heads are bright yellow and 6 - 8 mm in diameter. Seed pods are straight or slightly curved and 4 - 9 cm long by 2 - 4 mm wide.


Found to the east of Dubbo in the Mudgee-Ulan-Gulgong area of the NSW South Western Slopes bioregion, with some records in the adjoining Brigalow Belt South, South Eastern Highlands and the Sydney Basin bioregions. Populations are recorded from Yarrobil National Park, Goodiman State Conservation Area and there is a 1963 record from Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve. A large population is also known from Tuckland State Forest to the northwest of Gulgong.

Habitat and ecology

  • Established plants are likely to be killed by fire, as mature and juvenile plants have a single-stemmed growth form.
  • Associated species include Eucalyptus albens, E. blakelyi and Callitris spp., with an understorey dominated by Cassinia spp. and grasses.
  • Acacia ausfeldii is likely to have a dormant soil seedbank from which germination is stimulated by fire; a small number of seeds have been observed to germinate in the absence of fire.
  • When stimulated by fire, germination appears to be reduced at depth, and by low fire temperature. Laboratory experiments show strong germination only at the highest temperature treatment of 100ºC (Brown et al. 2003).
  • Flowers from August to October.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthTalbragar Valley Known None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Known None
South Eastern HighlandsHill End Predicted None
Sydney BasinKerrabee Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None