Alternative common names:
Brisbane golden wattle.
The fringed wattle is a small tree or shrub that grows up to 7m high. The leaves are undivided, very narrow with a prominent midvein, straight or slightly curved. The leaf margins and branchlets are usually fringed with hairs. It flowers during winter and spring, and pods mature during November-December .
Where does this species come from?Eastern Australia.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA Category 1a.
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Grahamstown,Eastern Cape.
How does it spread?The seeds are spread by animals ( birds and ants) and may also be dispersed via dumped garden waste and contaminated soil.
Why is it a problem?
This species is a prolific seeder with a fast growth rate and has the potential to outcompete indigenous species.
What does it look like?
Leaves: Dark to greyish-green, reaching up to 4cm long. Usually more or less linear to very narrowly elliptic or narrowly lanceolate. The midvein is prominent and the lateral veins are few and faint. The leaf margins and branchlets are usually fringed with hairs.
Flowers: Dense sprays of perfumed, golden-yellow, ball-shaped flowers.
Fruit/seeds: The seed pods are straight to slightly curved, more or less flat and straight-sided, 30-95mm long, 50-85mm wide, firmly papery and glabrous.
Does the plant have any uses?
It is used for agroforestry, wood production, ornamental displays, as a source of fuel and for soil stabilisation.