Species Profile and Threats Database

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In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered as Acacia gordonii
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice for Acacia gordonii (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2014ca) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, the approved conservation advice for the species provides sufficient direction to implement priority actions and mitigate against key threats (29/04/2014).
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 gordonii.
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Acacia gordonii - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005g) [Internet].
NSW:Acacia gordonii (a wattle) - endangered species listing (NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS), undated) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): August 2014 list) as Acacia gordonii
Scientific name Acacia gordonii [5031]
Family Fabaceae:Fabales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author (Tind.) Pedley
Infraspecies author  
Reference Austrobaileya 1: 246 (29 Feb. 1980).
Other names Acacia brunioides subsp. gordonii [29296]
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.

Other illustrations Google Images

Acacia gordonii is an erect or spreading, often straggly heath-like shrub. It grows to 1.5 m high, sometimes to 2 m, and has perfumed globular golden yellow flower heads (Harden 1991; Orchard & Wilson 2001).

The species is restricted to the Central Coast region of NSW (Harden 2002; NSW NPWS 2003g). Chiefly found in the lower eastern slopes of the Blue Mts (Orchard & Wilson 2001), it also grows in the Glenorie-Maroota area on the northern outskirts of Sydney (Benson & McDougall 1996; Fairley & Moore 2000) and there is a record from Hornsby (Tindale 1968; Simmons 1982; Orchard & Wilson 2001). Specific localities at which this species has been recorded include: Linden, Kings Tableland, Bilpin and Faulconbridge (Tindale 1968; Harden 1991, 2002; Benson & McDougall 1996; Fairley & Moore 2000; Orchard & Wilson 2001). Local government areas in which it is found include: Baulkham Hills, Blue Mts, Hawkesbury, Hornsby and Sydney (NSW NPWS 1999ak).

The species is conserved within Blue Mts NP (Benson & McDougall 1996) and Maroota NP (Glenorie & Forest Glen) (James 1997).

This species grows in dry sclerophyll open forest, woodland and heath on sandy soil amongst sandstone outcrops (Simmons 1982; Harden 1991; Tame 1992; Benson & McDougall 1996; James 1997; NSW NPWS 1999ak; Fairley & Moore 2000; Orchard & Wilson 2001). It occurs on rock platforms on ridgetops and spurs at 0-400 m asl. The substrate is Hawkesbury Sandstone with some residual clay and laterite influence, low in nutrients and well drained. The average annual rainfall is 900-1000 mm. Associated species include Eucalyptus eximia, E. gummifera, E. squamea and E. piperita (Benson & McDougall 1996).

The flowers are borne Aug.-Sept. and pods occur Oct.-Feb. (Simmons 1982; Harden 1991; Tame 1992; Benson & McDougall 1996; Fairley & Moore 2000; Orchard & Wilson 2001).

The species resprouts and germinates prolifically after high intensity fires (S. Douglas, pers. comm. in Benson & McDougall 1996).

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
Biological Resource Use:Gathering natural materials:Removal of bush rocks Acacia gordonii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006j) [Internet].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Disturbance, especially from human recreational activities and development Acacia gordonii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006j) [Internet].
Residential and Commercial Development:Residential and Commercial Development:Habitat modification (clearance and degradation) due to urban development Acacia gordonii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006j) [Internet].
Transportation and Service Corridors:Transportation and Service Corridors:Road and rail maintenance works Acacia gordonii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006j) [Internet].

Benson, D. & L. McDougall (1996). Ecology of Sydney plant species Part 4: Dicotyledon family Fabaceae. Cunninghamia. 4(4):553-756. Sydney: Royal Botanic Gardens.

Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG) (1994). Census of plants in botanic gardens. [Online]. Canberra: Australian National Botanic Gardens. Available from:

Fairley, A. & P. Moore (2000). Native Plants of the Sydney District, An Identification Guide. Roseville, NSW; Kangaroo Press.

Harden, G.J. (ed.) (1991). Flora of New South Wales, Volume Two. Kensington, NSW: University of NSW Press.

James, T. (1997). Urban Bushland Biodiversity Survey. Stage 1: Western Sydney: Native Flora. Hurstville: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS) (undated). Acacia gordonii (a wattle) - endangered species listing. [Online]. Available from:

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS) (1999ak). Table 1: An indicative list of species which may be affected by Bushrock Removal. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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

Simmons, M (1982). Acacias of Australia Vol 1. Melbourne, Vic; Thomas Nelson Aust.

Tame, T. (1992). Acacias of Southeast Australia. Kenthurst, Kangaroo Press.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Acacia gordonii in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:29:25 +1000.