Australian Native Plants

  Acacia gunnii (Ploughshare Wattle)

Acacia gunnii photo
Ploughshare Wattle

Photograph by Ian Sutton from Oberon, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

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 gunnii in Australia

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

Common Name
Ploughshare Wattle

Other Names
Dog's Tooth Wattle

Ploughshare Wattle is a sprawling shrub that grows to up to 1 m in height. The phyllodes which are triangular and prickly about 4 cm to 1.5 cm long and 1.5 mm to 5 mm wide. Cream or pale-yellow flower are produced in winter and spring from June to October. The globular flower heads are about 6 mm in diameter, and appear singly in the axils of the phyllodes. Each flower head contains 20 to 30 individual flowers. The seed pods are curved and about 2 cm to 4 cm long and 5 mm wide.

on rocky hillsides and amongst rocky outcrops in open eucalypt forest

Ploughshare Wattle is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, in the Adelaide Hills area of South Australia, and Tasmania,

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.2 - 0.8
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: winter, spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds

Common Name:Ploughshare Wattle

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