Forest's Wattle  |  

Acacia forrestiana

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Acacia forrestiana, Family Mimosaceae, also known as Forest’s Wattle or Forrest’s Wattle, is a stiff, spiky, erect shrub and grows from 0.4–1 m high. The leaf-like phyllodes are triangular in shape, 10- 20 mm long, 5-10 mm wide, and are sharply pointed. The species produces yellow globular flower-heads (Maslin, 2001), which are borne from October to December. Plants are killed by fire and regeneration occurs from seed. The species is closely allied to Acacia huegelii, which has a more southerly distribution and a different phyllode shape.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Acacia forrestiana

    The main potential threats to Forest s Wattle include inappropriate fire regimes broad scale vegetation clearing increasing fragmentation and loss of remnants pathogens and dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (DEWHA; 2007).