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Threatened species

Bynoe's Wattle - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Acacia bynoeana
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 17 Sep 1999
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


Bynoe's Wattle is a semi-prostrate shrub to a metre high. The phyllodes (‘leaves’) are shiny, stiff and narrow, 1.5 - 5 cm long and 1 - 3 mm wide. The single flower heads, on short hairy stems, appear anytime from September to March. Its seedpods are mature from September to January. The hairy branchlets distinguish the species from the similar and more common Three-veined Wattle (Acacia trinervata).


Bynoe's wattle is found in central eastern NSW, from the Hunter District (Morisset) south to the Southern Highlands and west to the Blue Mountains.  The species is currently known from about 30 locations, with the size of the populations at most locations being very small (1-5 plants).  It has recently been found in the Colymea and Parma Creek areas west of Nowra.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in heath or dry sclerophyll forest on sandy soils.
  • Seems to prefer open, sometimes slightly disturbed sites such as trail margins, edges of roadside spoil mounds and in recently burnt patches.
  • Associated overstorey species include Red Bloodwood, Scribbly Gum, Parramatta Red Gum, Saw Banksia and Narrow-leaved Apple.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW South Western SlopesCapertee Valley Known None
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsBungonia Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsCapertee Uplands Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsCrookwell Known None
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinEttrema Known None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinJervis Predicted None
Sydney BasinMoss Vale Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None