Alice Springs Desert Park
The spiny leaves of Dead Finish (Acacia tetragonophylla) protect the nests of finches. Bird droppings found in abandoned nests are used for traditional medicinal treatments.
The Dead Finish is often a straggly looking shrub that can grown to about 2-3 metres high. The name ‘Dead Finish’ is said to come from a saying that ‘when the cows start eating the Dead Finish bush, everything else has died’ or ‘in a bad drought, this is the last bush to die’.
Dead Finish. Aboriginal Arrernte name is Arlketyerre (pounounced: arl-KIT-chur-ra).
Check out our Flora section about the Dead Finish (Acacia tetragonophylla)
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Eudicots
- Clade: Rosids
- Order: Fabales
- Family: Fabaceae
- Clade: Mimosoideae
- Genus: Acacia
- Species: A. tetragonophylla
- Binomial name: Acacia tetragonophylla
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