Grey Wattle, Grey Mulga, Silver Mulga.
Brachybotrya, from Greek brachys, short, and botrys, bunch of grapes or racemes, as the inflorescences (flower structures) are typically much shorter than the "leaves".
Presence in Australia
Widespread in the western and north-western areas on lighter soils. Mainly west of the Olympic Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT.
Mainly in mallee. Common on red earths.
Erect or spreading grey to grey-green shrub, 1-4m high, with downy branches.
May be confused with Box-leaf Wattle (A. buxifolia). Distinguish by different habitats and "leaves".
Relatively well-drained soil.
Moderate growth rate.
Golden-yellow, Jul-Sept. Abundant.
Mid Nov to late Jan. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or 1-2 days after maturity.
From scarified seed.
From seed or stem after fire.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful for stabilising sandy country near watercourses. Legume, improves soil fertility by "fixing" nitrogen.
Good dense understorey for bird cover. Seeds eaten by various native birds.
Decorative ornamental for gardens.