Acacia verticillata subsp. ruscifolia
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Waste places and scrubland. Seeds itself away from old house gardens, farms or similar.
Shrub to small tree, stems ribbed, sparsely to densely hairy. Leaves reduced to small sharply pointed phyllodes up to 17 x 3 mm. Inflorescence consists of numerous pale yellow flowers arranged in spikes that extend beyond the leaves. Seed pod usually straight, up to 100 x 4 mm.
The sharply pointed phyllodes (false leaves) and flowers arranged in spikes make A. verticillata easily identifiable.
September, October, November.
S.E. Australia, Tasmania
acacia: Derived from Greek ‘akazo’ to sharpen, meaning point; spine or thorn.