Acacia kempeana

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Acacia kempeana
J. Charboneau

Acacia kempeana inflorescences and phyllodes

Botanical Name

Acacia kempeana F. Mueller

Common Name(s)

  • wanderrie wattle
  • witchetty bush

Legume Clades

Native Geographic Range

  • Australia

IUCN Status

Growth Form


Cultivation Status in AZ

Rarely cultivated


Evergreen, unarmed shrubs or small trees to 16 ft (5 m) high with a spreading canopy. Bark brownish, developing furrows with age. Phyllodes (leaves) are dark green, mostly elliptic, and are 1.5—3.5 in (3—9 cm) long. Yellow flowers are bright yellow in cylindrical inflorescenes. Flowering can take place at irregular interval with warm temperatures and sufficient rainfall.


Widespread in arid regions of Australia in various soils on plains and hills. The plants are often abundant.


In Australia, the larvae of a large beetle that feeds of the roots of this species is considered a delicacy among Aboriginal people.


Witchetty bush is suitable as a large shrub or background plant. The plants are low-branched but can be pruned into a small tree. The flowers contrast nicely with the dark green foliage. No pest or disease problems have been observed. The plants produce some leaf litter. Growth rate with irrigation is moderate. Plants are hardy to around 20° F (-6.5° C).