The Hairy-pod Wattle (Family Fabaceae) is a dense, rounded, spreading and much-branched shrub 0.5–2 m high, with dull to bright olive-green foliage. Branches are grey-brown, terete and minutely hairy, marked with small, raised leaf bases along the stems. Phyllodes are obliquely oblong-obovate to more or less elliptic, 5–13 mm long and 3–8 mm broad, erect, thick, rigid, glabrous, minutely glandular, and sometimes viscid when young. The lower phyllode margins are usually wavy. Phyllodes are 2-veined, the central vein being more prominent. Lateral veins are few and obscure, and the apex is shortly mucronate. Inflorescences are simple, axillary, solitary or paired, with the bright yellow flower heads carrying 8–20 flowers. Peduncles are about as long as the phyllode. Seed pods are narrowly oblong, 30 mm long and 2–5 mm wide, straight or curved, sticky, and covered with glandular shining hairs
Hairy-pod Wattle |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Acacia glandulicarpa
Threats The major threats to the Hairy pod Wattle are droughts (driven by climate change); habitat destruction; inappropriate fire regimes; disease; herbivory; competition with weeds and the genetic consequences of small subpopulations (Table 1).
Climate Change Increased frequency and Timing current future Climate projections for south eastern severity of drought Confidence inferred Australia include reduced rainfall; increased average temperatures; and Consequence moderate more frequent droughts (CSIRO Trend increasing Bureau of Meteorology 2015).
Climate change Identify all habitat that are modelled as likely to remain or become suitable habitat under climate change scenarios and protect this habitat from threats.
High frequency of fire Timing current Optimal fire regimes for the Hairy Confidence suspected pod Wattle are not known.
Extent across the entire range Acacia species can be killed by severe drought (Fensham et al. 2019); although there is no information on impacts to the Hairy pod Wattle.