NEEDLEBUSH WATTLE FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Needle Wattle, Needlebush Acacia, Nealia, Nilyah, Nealie
Needlebush Wattle is an erect or spreading shrub that grows 2 m to 3 m tall, sometimes a small tree to 6 m. The grey-green phyllodes are up to 13 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Bright yellow flowers are produced in winter, spring and summer between July and December. The flower heads are spherical and appear in groups of up to four in the axils of the phyllodes. The seed pods are curled or twisted and grow 4 cm to 10 cm long and 2 to 3 mm wide. The seeds are shiny pale brown and about 4 mm long.
mallee, woodland on sandy soil or shale soil
Needlebush Wattle is found mainly in central and south west New South Wales, north west Victoria, south east South Australia, with occurrences in the arid interior of other mainland states.
Height (m): 2 - 4
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 200
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: winter, spring
(source: SA State Flora Catalog)
attracts seed-eating birds
|Common Name:||Needlebush Wattle|
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