Australian Native Plants

  Acacia myrtifolia (Myrtle Wattle)

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Myrtle Wattle

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Acacia myrtifolia, Barrenjoey Lighthouse track

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Acacia myrtifolia , Myrtle wattle, has globular flowers and red stems. Heathcote National Park, NSW

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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 myrtifolia in Australia

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

Common Name
Myrtle Wattle

Other Names
Red stem wattle, Red-stemmed wattle, Bitter Leaf

Myrtle Wattle is a small, bushy shrub that grows to about 3 m in height. It has smooth grey bark. The green phyllodes are slightly curved and narrow elliptic in shape, growing 2 cm to 12 cm long and 0.5 cm to 3 cm wide. New growth is reddish. Cream white or pale-yellow flowers are produced in winter and spring. The flower clusters have about 3 to 30 flower heads. Each flower head is spherical with a diameter of 6 mm to 13 mm. The curved seed pods grow 4 cm to 7 cm in length. The shiny brown seeds are oblong and about 4 mm long.

open forest, woodlands scrub, heathland

Myrtle Wattle is found in coastal and near-coastal areas of south east Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, south eastern South Australia, south west Western Australia, Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 1 - 2
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating and insect-eating birds

Common Name:Myrtle Wattle

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