Australian Native Plants

  Acacia calamifolia (Wallowa)

Acacia calamifolia photo
Acacia euthycarpa also known as Acacia calamifolia

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Acacia calamifolia photo
Acacia calamifolia at the Botanic Gardens of Barcelona

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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 calamifolia in Australia

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

Common Name

Other Names
Reed-leaf wattle

Wallow is a shrub that grows about 2 m to 4 m tall, but may reach up to 10 m. It is often a rounded shape. The grey green phyllodes are a narrow needle shape and grow up to about 10 cm long and 1.5 mm in width with a curved point. The plant flowers in spring between October and November and produces clusters of yellow flowers. There are from 2 to 8 flower heads in each cluster, with each flower head containing 28 to 46 individual flowers. The seed pods are woody and wrinkled and grow to 15 cm in length and about 5 mm wide. The seeds are dark brown or black and b long shaped up to 9 mm in length.

Wallowa is found in woodland and open scrubland where it grows in a variety of soils.

The shrub is found in the south eastern quadrant of South Australia, and also in central parts of New South Wales.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 5
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 200
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: winter, spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds, butterflies and other insects. Good shelter plant for birds.

Common Name:Wallowa

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