Australian Native Plants

  Acacia rigens (Needlebush Wattle)

Acacia rigens photo
Acacia rigens, Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn, Victoria

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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 rigens in Australia

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Common Name
Needlebush Wattle

Other Names
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.

Growth Characteristics
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)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds

Common Name:Needlebush Wattle

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