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Acacia phlebophylla

Acacia phlebophylla

Acacia phlebophylla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. phlebophylla
Binomial name
Acacia phlebophylla

Range of Acacia phlebophylla
  • Acacia longifolia (Andrews) Willd. var. phlebophylla F.Muell.
  • Acacia phlebophylla F. Muell.
  • Acacia sophorae (Labill.) R. Br. var. montana F.Muell.[1]


Acacia phlebophylla, an Acacia also known by the names Buffalo Sallow Wattle and Mountain Buffalo Wattle, is a straggling shrub to small, twisted tree reaching up to 5 meters in height. It is a close relative of Acacia alpina.[2] It has large, elliptic, flat, commonly asymmetrical phyllodes 4-14 cm long, 1.5-6 cm wide, with coarse veins, a leathery feel, prominent nerves and reticulated veins. Deep yellow rod-like flowers appear in spring (June-December), widely scattered on spikes 4-7 cm long, followed by 7-10 cm long legumes in November-March, narrow, straight or slightly curved, releasing 5-10 elliptical seeds, 5-7.5 mm long. Solitary or twinned spikes, to 6 cm long. Only known from the high altitude granite slopes of Mt. Buffalo National Park, Victoria, Australia, where it occurs above 350 meters in woodlands and heathlands often amongst granite boulders.

This is one of the purest natural sources of the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT, which occurs as the predominant alkaloid throughout the plant. However due to conservation issues this species is not considered a viable source of tryptamines, as outlined below. A much more common species such as Acacia obtusifolia, should be researched instead.


  • Care must be taken with this species as it consists of one population or metapopulation which has been ravaged over the years by bush fires and fungal infections. Acacia phlebophylla is listed as rare and threatened by the Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment. There is significant concern for the viability of this population, particularly with the threat of fungal pathogens and other disturbances.
  • Though there are many accounts of bountiful regrowth, this species should not be used for the extraction of drugs for conservation reasons. Attempts at ex-situ cultivation have been mostly unsuccessful and have usually resulted in plants dying at 3 years. If cultivation is successful, it is important that plants are allowed to mature and produce seeds for eventual rehabilitation rather than used for tryptamine production. Also, please publish your cultivation protocols and practices so that others can do the same.
  • Even looking/walking amongst them from stand to stand has been strongly advised against due to the risk of spreading the fungal pathogen which at the moment is their greatest threat.


  1. ^ ILDIS LegumeWeb
  2. ^ World Wide Wattle
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