Silky Leafed Wattle
Form and Size: Large shrub or small tree to 5m with
Distribution: Across northern Australia, along watercourses or in open woodlands.
Phyllodes: Broad, silver to blue-green. 10-25cm x 1.5-9.6cm; 3-5 prominent veins radiating from the lower
margin at the base. New growth often white with silky hairs.
Bark: Brown, rough.
Flowers: Slender yellow spikes, 3-6cm in length, singly or in pairs in the leaf axils.
Flowering Period: June to August.
Fruit: Clusters of curled and twisted pods, dark brown, which remain on the plant long after seeds have
fallen. Pods 3-6cm x 0.3- 0.5cm; seeds longitudinal in the pod.
Distinctive Features: Silvery phyllodes with distinctive veining and convoluted seed pods. There is a
smooth-leaved variety found at Keelbottom Creek, west of Townsville, which has smooth, green phyllodes and is a
larger, bushier shrub.
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from treated seed. Pruning will assist in maintaining an attractive shape and
dense form. A fast growing wattle, useful for soil rehabilitation work. It is unfortunately another species which
appears to suffer badly from attack by Longicorn beetles.