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Coast Wirilda

Did You Know?

  • Grows in sandy soils derived from calcareous limestone in coastal areas, heathy scrub and dry open woodland
  • Listed under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995
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This ClimateWatch indicator species is supported by the ClimateWatch in Parks program and Barwon Coast.

Bushy shrub/tree that is between 5 - 10 m in height. Bark is smooth initially becoming fissured turning grey to brown.


Reddish angular branches with flat, linear, ash-green, smooth phyllodes (flattened stems that resemble leaves) shooting off. These 'leaves' are 6 – 12 cm long and 3 – 15 mm in width with hooked tips.


Small, pale yellow with spherical heads.


Pods are thin, straight, 4-15cm x 6-9mm in size.

Field Guide

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • No flowering

  • Fruits/seeds (record all days)

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Flowering can occur year round but especially October - November

Where To Look

  • South Australia, Kangaroo Island and southern Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Victoria, near Torquay to Wilsons Promontory
  • Tasmania, King and Flinders Islands
  • Look in coastal areas
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What Else?

Similar Species

Closely resembles Swamp Wattle/Wirilda (Acacia provincialis) and Acacia retinodes, and previously treated as a variety of the latter which is now regarded to be endemic to the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia.

It may be distinguished from A. provincialis by its suckering habit, smaller phyllodes (leaves) with a distinctly uncinate (hooked) tip, and smaller flower heads.