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.
Prefers disturbed open land, especially scrubland, riverbanks and coastal sites, but can persist in low forest for many years.
Evergreen shrub to small tree with hairy ribbed twigs. Leaves alternate and 2-pinnate, pinnae in 8-15 pairs; pinnules in 20-40 pairs, petiole 3-8 cm long, stipules minute. Numerous greenish-yellow flowers arranged in a cylindrical inflorescence. Seed pod without any hairs, straight, up to 15cm x 18mm. Numerous dark brown or black seeds in each pod.
Easily distinguished from all Acacia species by the large and robust inflorescences. Similar in general appearance to Albizia julibrissin, but this species is deciduous, has glabrous twigs and pink globbose flowers.
May, June, July, August
Perennial; Reproduces from seed, some suckering may occur. A plant that seeds prolifically. Seed probably viable for at least 20 years. Seeds are dispersed explosively, transported down water courses. Cannot tolerate deep shade but can tolerate almost any other conditions.
Reason for introduction