MYRTLE WATTLE FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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.
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)
attracts seed-eating and insect-eating birds
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