Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert ParkFauna Flora Nature Theatre Nocturnal House

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’.

Common name
Dead Finish. Aboriginal Arrernte name is Arlketyerre (pounounced: arl-KIT-chur-ra).

More information in our Flora section about 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: Acacia tetragonophylla

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Alice Springs Desert ParkFauna Flora Nature Theatre Nocturnal House