Gold-Dust Wattle © Graham & Maree Goods

Gold-Dust Wattle

Bushy or straggly shrub, branchlets more or less angled at extremities, smooth or hairy. Bark is smooth, grey to brown. Commonly grows to 2.5 m high.


Has phyllodes (flattened leaf stalks) that are rounded, usually asymmetric 0.4 – 1.5 cm long and 2 – 8 mm wide, hairy or smooth. Leaf midrib (large midline vein) is obscure or absent, lateral veins also absent.


Bright yellow ball-shaped inflorescences (clusters flowers arranged on a stem) that form in patterns of 5. Flowers appear in late winter and spring and into early summer (July to November).


Pods twisted or spirally coiled, slightly raised over seeds. Seeds longitudinal, more or less oblong and shiny dark brown.

Field Guide

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower (each ‘flower ball’ is actually a cluster of 40-80 flowers)

  • Full flowering (record all days)

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

  • No flowering

  • Open Seed pods (record all days)

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When and Where

When To Look

  • From autumn throughout spring and early summer
  • Flowering usually August – October
  • Seed pods appear after flowers

Where To Look

  • South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the Australian Capital Territory
  • In the understorey of open forest or woodland and in open scrub formations
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What Else?

They are tolerant of drought and frost.

A flower in an inflorescence are referred to as ‘florets’.