Coastal Wattle

Coastal Wattle 1

We noticed this nondescript shrub growing at lake Joondalup recently. It is a wattle with sparse yellow flowers and plenty of green seed pods.

Coastal Wattle 2

You might wonder which wattle species it is, until you see the old seed pods. They have split open to reveal the black seeds, which are surrounded by a bright red ring. So this is obviously Coastal Wattle (Acacia Cyclops). It has many common names, but our favourite is Cyclops Wattle – after the one-eyed giant of Greek mythology. You will find it growing around the southwest coast of Western Australia, from about Geraldton to Esperance, including in Bold Park and on Buckland Hill in Perth.

Coastal Wattle 3

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