#ThreatenedThursday: Western Wheatbelt Wattle

#ThreatenedThursday: Western Wheatbelt Wattle

April 28, 2022

SPECIES: Acacia brachypoda — Western Wheatbelt Wattle


Not only does the Western Wheatbelt Wattle find itself listed nationally as an endangered species, it also makes the worldwide IUCN Red List. It’s not quite the crown to have. This particular species of wattle is a relatively new species, first formally described in 1990. It’s endemic to a small region in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia and is a slightly aromatic shrub that typically grows up to 3m.

Western Wheatbelt Wattle is found in open woodland - but don’t be mistaken; as an endangered species, there’s perhaps 5,000 plants across 6 populations remaining.

Photo: B R Maslin