COLE'S WATTLE FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Soap Wattle, Soap Bush
Cole's Wattle is a shrub that grows from 2 m to 4 m, sometimes growing as a tree to about 9 m. The phyllodes are grey green in colour and narrow elliptical in shape, growing about 10 cm to 20 cm in length and about 1 cm to 5 cm wide. New growth has pale yellow brown hairs, becoming silvery as it matures. The golden yellow flower spikes are about 5 cm long. The seed pods are curved and twisted. When the unripe pods are crushed up, wetted and rubbed between hands they produce a soap-like lather that can be used to clean hands. The oblong seeds are shiny brown or black with a yellow aril, and are about 4 mm long.
It is found in a variety of habitats including hills, ridges, sandplains, floodplains growing in sandy, stony and clay soils.
Cole's Wattle is found throughout northern Australia from Western Australia, through the Northern Territory to western Queensland.. It is also found in parts of southern Asia.
Height: 2m - 4m
Spread: 3m - 5m
attracts seed-eating birds
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