Terrestrial Invasives

Acacia paradoxa

Acacia paradoxaKangaroo wattle

Common Name 
Kangaroo wattle
Legal Status 
Emerging Weed

A densely leafed, spiny shrub from Australia growing to 3m tall and 3,5m wide. Heads of bright yellow, fluffy blooms appear in August to October. The flower heads plus the stalk are about equal to the length of the leaf. The seed pods are short-stalked, brown, straight or slightly curved, cylindrical, 4-7cm long and about 0,5cm wide. They are typically rounded over the seeds, and very rarely narrowed between seeds.

Growth form
Where does this species come from? 
Acacia paradoxa is a native to the coastlines of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, with scattered distribution around the area of Perth on the west coast.
Why is it a problem? 
Acacia paradoxa is a long-lived, drought and frost tolerant species, invading mountain fynbos and is potentially invasive in Eastern Cape thicket and savannah. This species competes with, and has the potential to replace indigenous species.
Means of reproduction? 
Seed pods burst open in dry, warm conditions, and spread via vehicles, humans and animals.