Small tree to 10-20 m tall but can grow up to 40 m in north-west Tasmania. Can also grow as a short tree to 5 m in drier habitats. Straight, dull-green leaves that can be narrow to ovate in shape. White to cream ball-shaped inflorescence. Hard, scaly bark. Feathery bipinnate leaves often persist in young plants. Variable flowering time determined by range.
Seeds have a distinctive red attachment stalk (funicle) that twice encircles the seed, and this is a diagnostic feature of some Acacia species. Hard fissured bark.
Perennial. Often found on escarpments and on the edges of grasslands and grassy woodlands. In these habitats it is stunted. Reproduces from seed and root suckers. Flowers are honey-scented and predominantly insect pollinated. Not all trees within a given population will flower every year. Seeds are dispersed by gravity, ant activity and birds.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia