Acacia silvestris Tindale

Red Wattle

Victorian Naturalist 73: 162 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree, to 30 m high; bark smooth or sometimes finely fissured, blotchy grey; branchlets terete or slightly ridged, densely covered in appressed, short, grey hairs; young growth light yellow. Leaves bipinnate, greyish to mid green; rachis 4–7 cm long, pubescent with short, silver to grey hairs, with a raised gland at the junction of each pinna pair and 1 or more between successive pairs; pinnae in 6–10 pairs; pinnules in 16–27 pairs, well-spaced, lanceolate, 5–8 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, within a single pinna more or less equal in length, apex acute (but the very tip bluntish). Inflorescence a raceme or panicle; heads globular, 20–30-flowered, bright yellow, peduncles c. 4 mm long. Pod more or less straight, flattish, 5–12 cm long, 6–10 mm wide, constricted between seeds, brownish to bluish-black, sometimes glaucous, with scattered, appressed hairs. Flowers Jul.–Sep.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Occasional in dry forest in the western part of East Gippsland, mostly on granitic soils.

Source: Entwisle, T.J.; Maslin, B.R.; Cowan, R.S.; Court, A.B. (1996). Mimosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Acacia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia silvestris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia silvestris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory