This native shrub is commonly known as whipstick wattle.
Acacia attenuata is described as a "higher dicot" in the Leguminosae (Caesalpinioideae, mimosoid clade) family.
In the Queensland Nature Conservation Act it is classified as Vulnerable. Under the Federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act it is classified as Vulnerable.
Often with Acacia complanata or Acacia suaveolens, Eucalyptus racemosa and Pteridium esculentum. Can benefit from minor disturbance including fire. Small flower buds appearing Poona April 2016 on plants 2.5 to 4.5 years old. ‘Back on Track’ high priority plant species for the Burnett Mary NRM region. Distribution in the Fraser Coast region coastal sandy areas as well as Tinana Creek (mainly on the eastern side, including in pine plantation areas). Elsewhere from Rosedale south to Burleigh Heads. Listed as a priority locally significant species in Fraser Coast (Stage 2 Threatened Spieces Action Plan. July 2019. Fraser Coast Regional Council).
It has been recorded in the Wide Bay district in the Queensland Herbarium Census and is listed as occurring in the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Herbarium Wildlife Online.
Reported at 7 Fraser Coast localities: Boonooroo Plains, Burrum Heads, Maroom, Poona, Talegalla Weir, Tinnanbar, Tuan Forest.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.