Sweet Scented Wattle Earthwatch Australia

Sweet Scented Wattle

Acacia suaveolens

Did You Know?

  • In its natural habitat, it is killed by fire and relies on stored seed reserves in the soil to regenerate
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It was first described by renowned botanist J.E. Smith, the founder of London’s Linneaen Society.

Evergreen shrub with smooth, purplish brown or light green bark. Up to 0.3 – 3 m high.

Leaves

Narrow, straight or very slightly elliptic, and blue-green. Each leaf is about 5 – 15 cm long and 2 – 10 mm wide, with a prominent vein down the centre. Its surface is hairless and covered with a fine white powder. It grows at right angles to the stem.

Flowers

Pale yellow to white and ball-shaped. Each flower is 4 – 7 mm in diameter and is found in clusters of 5 – 10 flowers aligned along an axis of 1 – 3 cm long. They are sweet smelling and enclosed in overlapping bracts (modified leaves) before opening.

Fruits/Seeds

Oblong, flat, and straight-sided pods, 2 – 5 cm long and 8 – 19 mm wide, and bluish in colour.

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • Open seed pods (record all days)

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When and Where

When To Look

  • From autumn through spring
  • Flowers appear from March to September
  • Seed pods appear after flowers

Where To Look

  • Common in bushland surrounding Sydney, but occurs along the east coast and ranges of Australia from southern Queensland south into Tasmania
  • Also occurs on some offshore islands, the Grampians, and in the border region of South Australia and Victoria
  • In coastal regions of low altitude (up to 300 m)
  • In heath and dry woodlands with sandy soil
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What Else?

Similar Species

Flinders Ranges or Willow-leaved Wattle (Acacia iteaphylla) is a bushier shrub up to 4 m high, with longer seed pods (5 – 13 cm long).