A.terminalis.JPG (47944 bytes)Acacia terminalis: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Sunshine Wattle. The species was previously known as Acacia botrycephala.

Acacia terminalis is a short to medium shrub. The foliage is bipinnate with 1-6 pairs of pinnae and each of these has 8-16 pinnules.

The flowers are carried in large globular heads that vary in colour from cream to deep yellow and are carried in racemes at the base of each leaf. Flowering may extend from autumn to early summer.

Acacia terminalis is a widespread species and occurs from northern New South Wales through central Victoria to Tasmania. Within its range there is large variation and there are four subspecies. One subspecies, Acacia terminalis subsp terminalis, is found in the Sydney area and is classified as endangered because of its fragmented distribution with only small populations protected in reserves. This subspecies differs from other subspecies in being hairier and possessing thicker flower stalks and wider seed pods.

The specimen illustrated, from our garden, is probably Acacia terminalis subsp aurea. This subspecies is characterised by the large gland at the base of each leaf.

Acacia terminalis, in all its forms, is a hardy, free-flowering shrub. The Sunshine Wattle would light-up shrubberies and native garden beds.

Propagate from seed that should be soaked in boiling water before sowing.