Alice Springs Flora •

Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Acacia ligulata Apple Bush Bougainvillea Burdekin Plum Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqa) Cattle Bush Desert Cotton (Aerva javanica) Desert Oak Eremophila Wildberry Feijoa sellowiana Flannel Cudweed Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Golden Everlasting Kurrajong Lemon-flowered Gum MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia Native Bluebell Native Tomato Needlewood Olive Tree Perennial Yellow Top Rat’s Tail River Red Gum Inland River Red Gum Rosy Dock Round-leaved Mallee Scurvy Grass Silky Eremophila Stemodia viscosa Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Sturt’s Desert Rose Tangled Leschenaultia Tar Vine Weeping Bottlebrush White Cedar Yellow Billybutton Yellow-keeled Swainsona Yellow Oleander

Acacia ligulata occurs in all mainland states, and particularly widespread in central and southern arid Australia, especially near the base of red sand dunes, and is common along the Old South Road (south of Alice Springs). They are also another shrub/tree planted along streets in Alice Springs.

Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT

It is known under a number of common names including Dune Wattle, Marpoo, Sandhill Wattle, Small Cooba, Umbrella Bush, Wirra and Watarrka (also spelt Watarka).

Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT

The Acacia ligulata is popular with the European Honey Bee. For more info, check out our section on Bees > Apis mellifera > Apis mellifera on Acacia ligulata.

Apis mellifera on Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT
Apis mellifera on Acacia ligulata, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Rosanae
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Genus: Acacia
  • Species: Acacia ligulata

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Rebecca Duncum for ID, member of Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1379683398719247
  2. Acacia ligulata A.Cunn. ex Benth., Dune Wattle, Girranbiiyan in Yuwaalayaay, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2908793
  3. Acacia ligulata Benth., Umbrella Bush, Western Australian Herbarium (1998–). Florabase—the Western Australian Flora. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. https://florabase.dbca.wa.gov.au/browse/profile.php/3419
  4. Acacia ligulata A.Cunn. ex Benth., Wattle, Acacias of Australia, https://apps.lucidcentral.org/wattle/text/entities/acacia_ligulata.htm

Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Acacia ligulata Apple Bush Bougainvillea Burdekin Plum Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqa) Cattle Bush Desert Cotton (Aerva javanica) Desert Oak Eremophila Wildberry Feijoa sellowiana Flannel Cudweed Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Golden Everlasting Kurrajong Lemon-flowered Gum MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia Native Bluebell Native Tomato Needlewood Olive Tree Perennial Yellow Top Rat’s Tail River Red Gum Inland River Red Gum Rosy Dock Round-leaved Mallee Scurvy Grass Silky Eremophila Stemodia viscosa Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Sturt’s Desert Rose Tangled Leschenaultia Tar Vine Weeping Bottlebrush White Cedar Yellow Billybutton Yellow-keeled Swainsona Yellow Oleander

Alice Springs FaunaAlice Springs Bees Alice Springs Beetles Alice Springs Birds Alice Springs Butterflies & Moths Alice Springs Insects Alice Springs Dragonflies Alice Springs Orthoptera Alice Springs Reptiles Alice Springs Spiders Alice Springs Wasps Alice Springs Water Scorpion Black-footed Rock Wallaby Euro Garden Mantis