Acacia verniciflua, commonly known as varnish wattle, is a shrub or small tree species that is endemic to Australia. It grows to between 1 and 6 metres high. The phyllodes are often sticky and lustrous and vary in length, width and shape. The globular pale-yellow flowerheads appear in the leaf axils from July to November, followed by seedpods that are up to 10 cm long and unconstricted. These contain shiny black seeds. It is often found growing alongside Eucalyptus obliqua where it can dominate the understory.