Cape Leeuwin Wattle (Paraserianthes lophantha)

Photo: (c) Krzysztof-Ziarnek-Kenraiz

Family: Fabaceae

Growth Habit: Wattle-like look with long, dark green feathery bipinnate leaves up to 20 cm in length.

Type of plant: Spreading tall shrub to small tree up to 8 m high.

Photo: (c) Krzysztof-Ziarnek-Kenraiz

Flowers: Greenish yellow flowers bottlebrush-like flowers between May and September

Fruit/Seeds: Long, lat green pots that turn brown in summer with 6-12 hard, black, long-lived seeds.

Dispersal: Seeds spread by water, wind, ants, dumped garden waste and soil. 

Distribution: Native to the south west corner of Western Australia it is commonly used as an ornamental plant, particularly in coastal communities. It has the potential to become very weedy and should be avoided.

Status: Undeclared in Tasmania but potential to be a serious environmental weed.

Weed Impact:

  • Replaces native vegetation particularly in lighter, sandy soils.

Control Methods:

  • Plant alternative species, such as native Acacia species, in gardens, parks and roadsides.
  • Do not dump garden waste.
  • Hand pull both small and large plants. Large plants can have shallow root systems.
  • Cut and paint.

N.B. Always check the herbicide label before use.