Acacia xiphophylla

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Clade: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
A. xiphophylla
Binomial name
Acacia xiphophylla
  • Acacia clementii Maiden & Blakely nom. illeg.
  • Racosperma xiphophyllum (E.Pritz.) Pedley

Acacia xiphophylla, commonly known as snakewood or snake-wood, is a tree in the family Fabaceae. Endemic to Western Australia, it occurs on saline semi-arid land in the Gascoyne River and Ashburton catchments east and north of Carnarvon.

Snakewood grows as a spreading tree, usually with two or three main trunks. It can grow up to five metres high and eight metres wide. Like most Acacia species, it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. These are bluish grey in colour, and may be up to eight centimetres long and eight millimetres wide. The flowers are yellow, and held in cylindrical clusters about three centimetres long. The pods are up to twelve centimetres long and eight millimetres wide, and have constrictions between the seeds.

The wood of other trees with wavy grain or wavy coloration has also been called snakewood.


  • "Acacia xiphophylla". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government.
  • "Acacia xiphophylla". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  • Mitchell, A. A.; Wilcox, D. G. (1994). Arid Shrubland Plants of Western Australia, Second and Enlarged Edition. University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia. ISBN¬†978-1-875560-22-6.
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