UMBRELLA BUSH FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Sandhill Wattle, Dune Wattle, Small Coobah, Marpoo, Watarka, Wirra
The Umbrella Bush is an erect or spreading shrub growing 2 m to 4 m tall. The phyllodes are light to blue green in colour, long and narrow with a slight curve, growing 3 cm to 10 cm long and up to 1 cm wide. The phyllode tip is blunt with small hard point, and has a prominent yellowish midvein. Flowering is in in late winter and spring. The yellow or orange flowers are produced in globular flower heads about 5 mm in diameter. The flower heads grow in clusters of one to five from phyllode axils. The seed pods, are light brown, curved, and grow 5 cm to 10 cm long and 5 mm to 10 mm wide. The seeds are black and oval shaped, up to 3.5mm long.
Sand dunes, sand plains, mulga shrublands, bluebush shrubland, woodlands, mallee.
Umbrella Bush is found in arid areas of central and southern Australia - Western Australia, southern half of Northern Territory, south West Queensland, western New South Wales, South Australia.
Height (m): 2 - 4
Spread (m): 4 - 6
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 150
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring
(source: SA State Flora Catalog)
attracts seed-eating and insect-eating birds
|Common Name:||Umbrella Bush|
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