Screw pod wattle
Common name:Screw pod wattle
Scientific name:Acacia implexa
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A small spreading tree 3-15m high with greyish-green curved leaves, originating from Australia. Flower which appear in summer are pale yellow to cream fluffy and round, there are usually 4-8 flowers on a central axis. The pale brown, long seed pods are straight when young, but become twisted and coiled to allow the release of the seeds. Pods are 6-20 cm long, 6-7 mm wide, and firmly papery to leathery.
Where does this species come from?Australia
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1a
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Western Cape
How does it spread?Seed dispersal
Why is it a problem?Competes with and has the potential to replace and reduce indigenous species. Screw pod wattle is a fast growing tree and invades agricultural lands.
What does it look like?General description: A small spreading tree 3-15m high with greyish-green curved leaves. Bark: Smooth greyish or brownish bark, becoming corrugated at the base. Leaves: The leaves are greyish-green and curved, with several longitudinal veins. Flowers: Pale yellow to cream fluffy round flower are present in the summer months, December to March. Fruit/seeds: Pale brown, narrow seed pods, which are curved to twisted or coiled.
Does the plant have any uses?Ornamental and as a shade tree.
Plant me instead alternatives
Cape safron (Cassine peragua), bladder nut (Diospyros whyteana), camphor tree (Tarchonanthus camphoratus)