Australian Native Plants

  Acacia murrayana (Murray's Wattle)

Acacia murrayana photo
Acacia murrayana tree

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Acacia murrayana in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name
Murray's Wattle

Other Names
Sandplain Wattle, Fire Wattle, Colony Wattle, Powder Bark Wattle

Murray's Wattle is a tall shrub or small tree, growing up 8 m in height. The plants often sucker and form colonies. The phyllodes are grey or pale green, long and narrow, growing from 5 cm to 12 cm long and 2 mm to 8 mm wide. The flowers are bright yellow, appearing in spring from September to November. The flowers are produced in clusters of 2 to 10 globular flower heads. Each flower head is about 8 mm in diameter. The seed pods are flat and papery, growing up to 8 cm long and 1 cm wide.

mulga country, spinifex country, sand ridges, along streams,

Murray's Wattle is found throughout Australia's arid zone in all mainland states except Victoria.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 6
Spread (m): 2 - 7
Soil Texture: sand, loam
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 150
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating and insect-eating birds

Common Name:Murray's Wattle

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