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A prickly, spreading shrub reaching 4 metres in height, often with a straggly appearance. The small ‘leaves’ (phyllodes) are held closely against the branches and are surrounded by very sharp spines. Globular, bright yellow flower heads are produced singly from the phyllode bases. The pods are relatively short (less than 7 centimetres) and turn papery and pale brown at maturity.
Seed is protected by a hard seed coat which must be broken (either by nicking, abrading, or soaking briefly in near-boiling water) before it will germinate. Germinates readily after treatment. May also grow from cuttings.
July to October. Some flowers may appear as early as June and persist as late as November.
Scattered but occasionally dominant. Large populations occur in Livingstone NP, Mates Gully TSR and the Malebo area.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery