Australian Native Plants

  Acacia cognata (Narrow-leaf Bower Wattle)

Acacia cognata photo
Acacia cognata at Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn, Victoria

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)


distribution map showing range of Acacia cognata in Australia

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

Common Name
Narrow-leaf Bower Wattle

Other Names
Bower wattle, River wattle

The Narrow-leaf Bower Wattle is a shrub or tree growing to 10 m tall with an erect to spreading growth habit. The bark is smooth grey or grey-brown on the trunk and branches. The narrow green phyllodes are linear to elliptical with a slight curve, growing from 4 cm to 10 cm in length, and about 1 mm to 3 mm wide. The phyllodes have hairy margins with three main veins along the length. The pale-yellow globular flower-heads have a diameter of about 5 mm and contain 10 to 25 flowers. The flower heads are produced in ones or twos from the leaf axils. The plant flowers in winter and spring from July to October. The seed pods are flat and straight with a papery texture and grow up to 10 cm long and 4 mm wide.

The Narrow-leaf Bower Wattle grows in granite based soils as in dry sclerophyll forest.

It is endemic to south eastern Australia, where it is found in New South Wales and Victoria.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 4m - 10m
Spread: 4m - 6m

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating and insect-eating birds

Common Name:Narrow-leaf Bower Wattle

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  Acacia acinacea
  Acacia acradenia
  Acacia aculeatissima
  Acacia alata
  Acacia amblygona
  Acacia amoena
  Acacia aneura
  Acacia aulacocarpa
  Acacia auriculiformis
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  Acacia beckleri
  Acacia boormanii
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  Acacia brachystachya
  Acacia buxifolia
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  Acacia chrysocephala
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