Kangaroo Thorn

Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: paradoxa
Main Flower Colour: Yellow


Erect or spreading shrub 1–4 m high; bark finely fissured, brownish grey; branchlets ± terete with low ridges, ± hairy. Stipules spinescent, slender, mostly 5–15 mm long. source: Plant NET Flora Online

Kangaroo Thorn ( Acacia paradoxa ) is an upright or spreading shrub growing to 1-4 m high with smooth or finely fissured brownish grey bark. The branchlets are vertically ridged and frequently hairy (sometimes hairless). The phyllodes (flattened leaf-stalks that look like, and function as, leaves) are generally straight-sided or slightly curved, narrowed at both ends, 8-20 mm long, usually 2-7 mm wide and hairless or sparsely hairy. ... source: Weeds in Australia.

Kangaroo Thorn is a native species in mainland south-eastern Australia. Since European settlement, it has been introduced to Tasmania and become naturalised in the west of that state (Maslin 2001; Parsons & Cuthbertson 2001; Buchanan 2005). It is also now considered to be a naturalised introduction in south-western Western Australia where it was formerly considered to be native (Paczkowska & Chapman 2000; Western Australian Herbarium 1998-). Isolated records from a homestead south of Halls Creek in Western Australia and on a station in the Northern Territory south-east of the former location are well north of its known native range and are probably naturalisations and/or planted specimens (National Herbarium of Victoria 2007).

Flowering start in August and ends in November.


The main flower colour is yellow.


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Bio Regions

Kanmantoo (KAN)

Region Specifics

Kangaroo Island

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