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Curry wattle

Curry wattle

Acacia spondylophylla

Family: Fabaceae

Low spreading shrub growing 0.5 to 1m high with sticky stems and leaves. The phyllodes (modified leaves) have a pointed tip and a curry like smell when crushed. The bright yellow, round flowers appear in June and July.

The flowers are followed by a brown, sticky pod containing the seeds.

This plant grows in shallow sandy or stony soil, often on roadsides. It is quite common along the Stuart Highway around Barrow Creek.

Where to find this plant at Alice Springs Desert Park

This interesting shrub is flowering near the visitor centre in the Desert Rivers habitat.

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Purdie, J., Materne, C & Bubb, A., A field guide to Plants of the Barkly Region

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