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Fringed Wattle (aka Brisbane Golden Wattle)

Acacia fimbriata

Description:

Acacia fimbriata, commonly known as Brisbane golden wattle or fringed wattle (because of the microscopic hairs along the phyllodes), is a member of the plant family Fabaceae. It really depends where you are as to which common name applies, but regardless, this is a beautiful wattle species. Acacia fimbriata is a large shrub (or tree) and grows 6–7 metres (20–23 ft.) tall. This is a very hardy species that is well-adapted to extremes. Native to coastal and tableland districts of New South Wales and southern Queensland. It can tolerate extremes of frost, snow, drought, flood, and fire. Wattle is a quintessential Australian plant.

Habitat:

Rural property by a freshwater dam. Naturally-seeded plants growing in native bushland area. Usually grows in eucalypt forest and woodland areas, in rocky and sandy soil (in this case, granite soil), often along rocky streams.

Notes:

Every year it's the same thing - I am amazed at how much wattle there is in the Australian bush, and it hides in broad day light. So inconspicuous for most of the year as just a plain-looking tree or shrub that blends in with its surrounds, it suddenly explodes into life in a mass of brilliant yellow colour that seems to be everywhere, and with so many different species. It is beautiful to watch it transform the Australian landscape each year, flowering from June to about early November.

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Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Lat: -28.60, Long: 151.84

Spotted on Sep 5, 2016
Submitted on Sep 11, 2016

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