Sydney golden wattle
Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Shrubland, coastal areas, dry banks and river beds.
Shrub or small tree, twigs sharply angled, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves reduced to phyllodes, phyllodes narrowly elliptic to obovate, symmetric or slightly curved up to 130 x 22mm, with 2 prominent veins. Inflorescence is a spike of pale to golden yellow flowers. Seed pod straight or slightly curved, up to 120 x 4mm.
Very similar to A. sophorae, but A. sophorae has wider phyllodes and very contorted pods. Also similar to A. floribunda but this species has much narrower phyllodes.
Perennial; huge quantities of seed are produced, estimated viability of about 50 years. Widely planted as an ornamental. Seeds dispersed locally by wind and gravity
Reason for introduction
Tolerates frost, extended dry periods, and salt spray.
acacia: Derived from Greek ‘akazo’ to sharpen, meaning point; spine or thorn.
longifolia: Long leaf