Red-stemmed Wattle, Red-leaved Wattle, Red-stem wattle, Red Leaf Wattle, Red-leaf Wattle, Redleaf Wattle.
Rubida, from Latin ruber, red, referring to red stems.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the Murray catchment, from as far west as Long Plain-West Hume, to as far east as Coppabella.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Usually dry sclerophyll forest on elevated rocky localities. Also riverbanks and swamp edges.
Erect or spreading shrub or small tree 2-10m high with brownish, finely fissured bark and "leaves" 5-20cm long.
May resemble Hickory Wattle/Lightwood (Acacia implexa). Distinguish by reddish tinge in "leaves" as they dry, and by retention of bipinnate foliage.
Dry soils. Tolerates frost, drought and limited waterlogging. Semi-shade and full sun.
Very hardy and fast-growing. Juvenile bipinnate leaves persist on plant with adult "leaves", up to 2m high.
Pale to golden-yellow, Jul-Nov.
Early Nov to late Dec.
From scarified seed. Pour boiling water over seeds and soak for several hours before drying and sowing.
From seed and suckers, particularly after fire.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful for controlling soil erosion due to suckering and soil-binding fibrous roots. Legume, improves soil fertility by "fixing" nitrogen.
Flowers are a pollen source for native moths, butterflies and other insects. Insect-eating birds attracted. Seed-eating birds attracted, including parrots and native pigeons. Foliage good cover for small birds.
Valuable ornamental, particularly conspicuous during winter when reddish. Severe pruning after flowering benefits plants.