SPECIES: — Acacia cretacea — Chalky Wattle


Yesterday marked the first day of spring and with that, National Wattle Day. And so today's #ThreatenedThursday profile is aptly a threatened species of wattle, the Chalky Wattle.

The Chalky Wattle is a species of acacia endemic to South Australia and known to exist in an extremely restricted area in the north-east of the Eyre Peninsula. Found along roadsides and on farming land in the region, and no more than 5,000 plants remaining. The Chalky Wattle plays an important part in soil conservation, helping to minimise sand blows. Land clearing, grazing and both the frequency and intensity of fire are the largest threats to this species of wattle.

Photo: Landscape South Australia

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