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Willow Wattle

Erect shrub or tree, 3 - 10 m in height, but can grow up to 20 m.


Phyllodes (flattened leaf stems) are narrow (5 - 12 mm wide) and 5 - 17 cm long. They have a prominent central vein and a curved pointed tip.


Pale yellow or white, and clustered in groups of 15 - 30 inflorescences. Flowers form globular balls.


Seed pods are straight or slightly curved, 3 - 12 cm long. Seeds are bright red or orange.

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 occurs February to June

Where To Look

  • Common in most states, except Western Australia and Tasmania
  • In dry sclerophyll forest, shrubland and woodland of inland regions, mostly along river banks and creeks
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What Else?

Similar Species

Small Cooba (A. ligulata) has deep golden flowers and narrower phyllodes. Willow Wattle is distinguished most readily by its pendulous, thicker (coarsely wrinkled when dry) phyllodes with a non-hardened mucro (apical point).