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Rare ‘Sunshine Wattle’ found in Centennial Parklands

Posted: 4 September 2017

For the first time, a rare variety of wattle with uniquely large, fluffy, pale yellow flowers has been found in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands.

One of the first Australian plants identified by Sir Joseph Banks in 1770, ‘Sunshine Wattle’, or ‘Acacia terminalis subsp. Terminalis’, has never been recorded in Centennial Parklands.

The variety was found during routine survey of the site’s protected Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub area.

“This is a first, and a great find for us - Sunshine Wattle is native to Sydney’s northern and eastern suburbs and while programs are in place to conserve the species, numbers remain quite low” said Amara Glynn, Centennial Parklands Environmental Officer.

“We work closely with the botanists at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, so a sample was sent across to the Herbarium at the Garden where it was swiftly identified as the endangered Sunshine Wattle.

“We found two plants and we couldn’t be more thrilled: this find indicates that our critical work in conserving the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub ecological community at Centennial Parklands is also preserving and promoting opportunities for growth for other beautiful and vital native species!”

Sunshine Wattle grows to 1-5 metres tall, it develops large, round, very pale yellow flowers and seed pods that grow from 3-11 cm long.

The plant also features unique branchlets, which are angled and display delicate, narrow leaves.

The plant flowers each autumn and like many key species of the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, requires fire or disturbance as a primary trigger for germination.

Centennial Parklands will continue to engage in conservation management practices to ensure the protection of the two small plants.

Read more about the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and Sunshine Wattle on the Centennial Parklands blog.

Media: media@bgcp.nsw.gov.au / (02) 9231 8122