Acacia volubilis F. Muell. (1877:98)

Tangled wattle, Tangle wattle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Racosperma volubile (F.Muell.) Pedley in Austrobaileya 6: 492 (2003)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1877 (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:13)

Rediscovered in 1996 (Harris & Brown, 2003); 1997 (O'Donoghue & Atkins, 2000:25)



Cunderdin-Tammin area, Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Mueller, F. (1877). “Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae”. Volume 11. (Melbourne.)


Other references:

Anonymous. (n.d.). TRANSLOCATION PROPOSAL: Cunderdin Daviesia-Daviesia cunderdin Crisp and G. Chandler (Papilionaceae) and Tangled Wattle-Acacia volubilis F. Muell. (Mimosaceae). Unpublished?

Brunt, Kate. (2003). Merredin District Threatened Flora Management Program Annual Report 2003. Merredin, WA: Department of Conservation and Land Management. 16 pp.

Department of Environment and Conservation 2006-2007 Annual Report, Department of Environment and Conservation, 2007

Evans, R., and Brown, A. (1998). Interim Recovery Plan (Draft), Acacia volubilis 1998-2000. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia.

Godfrey, A., Christison, F. and Monks, L. (2003). Translocation proposal: Cunderdin daviesia, Daviesia cunderdin Crisp and G.Chandler (Papilionaceae) and tangled wattle, Acacia volubilis F.Muell. (Mimosaceae). Department of Conservation and Land Management: Western Australia.

Harris, Anne and Brown, Andrew. (2003). Tangle wattle (Acacia volubilis) interim recovery plan 2003-2008. Interim Recovery Plan No. 158. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australian. 16 pp. [Also available here]

Hnatiuk, R. J. (1990). Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series 11: 1-650.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Marchant, N. G. and Keighery, G. J. (1979). Poorly collected and presumably rare vascular plants of Western Australia. Kings Park Research Notes No. 5. West Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden. 103 pp.

Maslin, Bruce Roger. (1995). Acacia Miscellany 13. Taxonomy of some Western Australian phyllocladinous and aphyllodinous taxa (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae). Nuytsia 10(2): 151-179.

Maslin, Bruce Roger. (2001). Acacia volubilis, pp. 525,526. In: Orchard, Anthony E. and Wilson, Annette J. G. (eds.). Flora of Australia Volume 11A, Mimosaceae, Acacia part 1.  Melbourne: ABRS/CSIRO Publishing. xx + 673 pp.

O'Donoghue, Mike and Atkins, Ken. (2000). Lost Jewels in the Bush. Landscope 15(3): 23-27.

Silcock, Jen L., Collingwood, Teghan, Llorens, Tanya and Fensham, Rod. (2021). Action Plan for Australia's Imperilled Plants. NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub, Brisbane. 342 pp.

Silcock, Jen L., Field, Ashley R., Walsh, Neville G. and Fensham, Roderick J. (2019). To name those lost: assessing extinction likelihood in the Australian vascular flora. Oryx 54(2): 167-177. [Supplementary Material]

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.


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