Hard-leaf Wattle
Hard-leaf Wattle
New Buds, Above
Hard-leaf Wattle (Acacia sclerophylla var sclerophylla)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Legumes (Fabales)
Family: Legume (Fabaceae or Leguminosae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Hard-leaf Wattle (Acacia sclerophylla var sclerophylla)
This Photo:     Masses of New Buds

Thank you Alan Dandie & Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
Similar to A. hakeoides, but the leaves are much narrower, with a pointy tip. At the tip, the leaf dries to a hard black/grey point. Leaves don't have the yellow edge, but are strongly veined / striped.
Generally the bushes are shorter and more sprawling than the Hakea Wattle.
When in flower the bush looks like a mass of upright flower stems, whereas the Hakea tends to look like a big, wide, yellow ball.
The seeds are held in the pods with a white cup. There is no cup holding the seed in the Hakea Wattle.

Copyright © 2013-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Jul-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)