Australian Native Plants

  Acacia papyrocarpa (Western Myall)

Acacia papyrocarpa photo
Western myall (Acacia papyrocarpa)

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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 papyrocarpa in Australia

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Common Name
Western Myall

Other Names
Acacia sowdenii

Western Myall is a shrub or tree growing to about 8 m tall. The greyish-green phyllodes are narrow, straight and flat, growing between 4 cm and 12 cm long and about 2 mm wide. Yellow flowers are produced in spring. The spherical flower heads are about 4 mm in diameter. The seed pods are thin and flat, about 11 cm long and up to 1 cm wide. The seeds are dark brown and about 5 mm long.

open woodland, shrubland

Western Myall is found in central and south eastern Western Australia, and central and southern South Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 5 - 10
Spread (m): 3 - 6
Soil Texture: sand, loam, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 125
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

scarified seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed-eating birds, shelter for small birds, caterpillars feed on leaves

Common Name:Western Myall

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