Australian Native Plants

  Acacia coriacea (Wirewood)

Acacia coriacea photo
Acacia coriaceae habit

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Acacia coriacea photo
Acacia coriacea seed pods

Photograph by Maurice MacDonald, CSIRO. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)


distribution map showing range of Acacia coriacea 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
Desert Oak, River Jam, Desert Oak, Wiry Wattle, Dogwood

Wirewood grows as a tall tree to 8 m or as a spreading shrub. It usually has one or two main trunks. The silvery green or grey-green phyllodes are long and narrow with a thick, leathery texture, growing to 20 cm or more in length and about 2 mm to 7 mm wide. The flowers are yellow, and produced in globular clusters about 5 mm in diameter. The seed pods are 5 mm to 10 mm wide, and curved or twisted. The pod length is up to 20 cm long when straightened out.

Acacia coriacea is found on coastal dunes, sandplains, ridges, along waterways. It grows as a tree on the banks of rivers and as a spreading shrub or low tree behind coastal dunes and on spinifex plains.

Found in central western areas of Western Australia including Carnarvon, Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Pilbara.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 4m - 8m
Spread: 2m - 4m

scarified seed

Common Name:Wirewood

Relatives in same Genus
  Acacia acanthoclada
  Acacia acinacea
  Acacia acradenia
  Acacia aculeatissima
  Acacia alata
  Acacia amblygona
  Acacia amoena
  Acacia aneura
  Acacia aulacocarpa
  Acacia auriculiformis
  Acacia baileyana
  Acacia beckleri
  Acacia boormanii
  Acacia brachybotrya
  Acacia brachystachya
  Acacia buxifolia
  Acacia caesiella
  Acacia calamifolia
  Acacia cardiophylla
  Acacia chrysocephala
  Acacia cognata
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