Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Acacia crombiei
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia crombiei (Pink Gidgee) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008gs) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument] as Acacia crombiei.
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Vulnerable (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list) as Acacia crombiei
Scientific name Acacia crombiei [10927]
Family Fabaceae:Fabales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author C.White
Infraspecies author  
Reference Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 53 (23 Feb. 1942) 213.
Other names Racosperma crombiei [30353]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Pink Gidgee forms a tree growing to 10 m high with globular flower heads (Orchard & Wilson 2001).

Pink Gidgee Acacia crombiei is a tree growing to 10 m with pale green, narrowly linear phyllodes to 10–15 cm long and 3–8 mm wide. The branchlets are flexuouse and angled at the extremities. Flowers are yellow in globularheads with narrowly oblong pods to 10 cm long (Orchard & Wilson, 2001).

This species occurs in small isolated populations from near Muttaburra, N of Longreach, to Elmore Stn, N of Richmond, in Central Qld (Pedley 1979, 1987; Orchard & Wilson 2001). Specific localities include: 'Beryl 50 miles N of Longreach', 'Ronald Plains' 64 km N of Richmond, Burleigh Station, and 64 km NE of Richmond (Pedley 1979, 1987; Orchard & Wilson 2001).

The species is restricted to central-north western Queensland where it occurs in isolated populations between Muttaburra in the south to Richmond and Hughenden in the north (Pedley, 1978; Orchard & Wilson, 2001). See BAAM 2011

It is listed as occurring in the Burke, Mitchell, and North Kennedy pastoral regions (Bostock & Holland, 2010) and is protected within Porcupine Gorge National Park (SEWPaC, 2011). See BAAM 2011

Pink Gidgee occurs in woodlands and open woodlands often associated with Acacia cambagei and Atalaya hemiglauca , on alluvial, sandstone and basalt derived soils. Potential habitats include REs 4.3.8, 4.3.23, 9.8.6, 9.8.5, 4.3.14, 4.9.7, 4.9.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.20, 4.9.11, and 4.3.19. See BAAM 2011

The NE records are on basalt, others are on heavy soils (Pedley 1999, pers. comm.).

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia crombiei (Pink Gidgee) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008gs) [Conservation Advice].
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia crombiei (Pink Gidgee) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008gs) [Conservation Advice].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia crombiei (Pink Gidgee) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008gs) [Conservation Advice].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals Acacia crombiei in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ae) [Internet].

Biodiversity Assessment and Management Pty Ltd (BAAM) (2011). CopperString Project SEIS - Terrestrial Ecology Assessment Report. Report prepared for CopperString Pty Ltd.

Briggs, J.D. & J.H. Leigh (1996). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants - Revised Edition. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.

Meredith, L.D. & M.M. Richardson (1990). Rare or Threatened Australian Plant Species in Cultivation in Australia. Report Series No. 15. Page(s) 1-114. Canberra: Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Orchard, A.E. & A.J.G. Wilson (eds) (2001). Flora of Australia, Volume 11A, Mimosaceae, Acacia Part 1.

Pedley, L. (1979). A Revision of Acacia Mill. in Queensland. Austrobaileya. 1(3):235-337.

Pedley, L. (1987). Acacias in Queensland. Brisbane: Department of Primary Industries.

Pedley, L. (1999). Personal Communication.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Acacia crombiei in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:42 +1000.