Acacia pubifolia, Family Mimosaceae, also known as Velvet Wattle and Wyberba Wattle, is a low shrub or small tree growing to 8 m high, with dark fibrous bark. Branches are angular and covered with velvety hairs. The leaf-like phyllodes are straight or slightly curved, 2–10 cm long, 8–30 mm wide, with prominent veins, rounded tip and covered in velvety hairs. Flowers are golden yellow in colour and arranged in spikes 2–5 cm long. Pods are linear, slightly constricted between seeds and up to 8 cm long by 4 mm wide. Seeds are rectangular, about 4 mm long, black with a small seed stalk (aril). Flowering occurs during September and October
Velvet Wattle |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Acacia pubifolia
Threats The main identified threats to Acacia pubifolia include an inappropriate fire regime where fires are too frequent (less than 5 years); the duration between fires too long (greater than years); or not hot enough for seed germination grazing by domestic stock and feral goats (Capra hircus) and habitat destruction; clearing and fragmentation for agriculture; development; mining and roads (DECC; 2005a).