Plants of
South Australia
Acacia incurvaneura
Narrow-leaf Mulga
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Kath Alcock painting: 1.


Acacia from the Greek 'akakia' and derived from 'ake' or 'akis 'meaning a sharp point or thorn and 'akazo' meaning to sharpen. Dioscorides, the Greek physician and botanist used the word in the 1st century AD for the Egyptian thorn tree, Acacia Arabica. Incurvaneura from the Latin 'incurvus' meaning incurved, alluding to the shallow incurved phyllodes of this species and 'aneura' from the Greek 'a' meaning not or without and 'neuron' meaning a nerve, referring to the obscure veins on the phyllodes. Formally Acacia aneura var. macrocarpa.

Distribution and status

Find in the north western part of South Australia, growing on plains and in gently undulating country on red-brown sandy loam. Also found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre
NRM regions: Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)