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Threatened species

Lancewood - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Acacia petraea
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 01 Nov 2022


Erect or spreading tree, 3-10 m high, with deeply fissured, brownish grey bark. "Leaves" straight or slightly curved, linear with a curved tip, 13-26 cm long, 2-6 mm wide. Flower-heads cylindrical, golden yellow, on hairy stalks 11-20 mm long. Pods straight, 7-12 cm long, 3-5 mm wide, margins thickened, seeds longitudinally arranged.


Recorded in NSW from the Hungerford and Bourke-Louth districts. Also occurs in several localities in south-western Queensland, confined to the Grey Range and its outliers in the Gregory South and Warrego districts.

Habitat and ecology

  • Lancewood grows in heath to woodland vegetation on rocky ridge tops, jump-ups and scarps with shallow to skeletal, gravely sandy soils.
  • Associated species near Hungerford include Eremophila scoparia, E. latrobei and Dodonaea petiolaris.
  • Near Hungerford, the species has been found only on ridge tops along rocky outcrops, growing as a common tree with Eremophila scoparia, Eremophila latrobei and Dodonaea petiolaris.
  • Flowers in winter and spring.
  • Plant abundance in populations has been recorded as common and as a very sparse roadside scrub. In Queensland, Acacia petraea grows as a tall shrubland.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Known None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Known None