Common Name:Hop Wattle
Botanical name:Acacia stricta
Legal Status:NEMBA Category 1a
An erect or spreading shrub or tree 3-6m tall native to Australia. The bark smooth and flowers appear from July to October. Seed pods are more or less straight, raised over seeds, straight-sided, usually 4-10cm long, 2-5mm wide, papery to thinly leathery.
Where does this species come from?
Native to Australia, mainly along the south-eastern coastline (New South Wales, Victoria Coast) as well as Tasmania.
Why is it a problem?
Acacia stricta is a fast growing, profusely seeding, drought resistant species, invading mostly watercourses, disturbed land, plantation gaps and roadsides. It impacts on native vegetation mainly by competing with – and replacing – the native species, lowering species richness.
Means of reproduction?
Spreads with high amounts of seed production, distributed by strong wind or through human activities (clothes, cars, soil transport).
For more information: Invasive Species South Africa - Acacia stricta