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Threatened species

Newry Golden Wattle - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Acacia chrysotricha
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 07 Jul 2000
Profile last updated: 14 Jun 2020


Newry Golden Wattle is a tree up to 6-15 m tall with densely hairy branchlets and grey to red-brown, finely or deeply fissured bark. The leaves are feathery and 'wattle'-like, dark green above, pale beneath, and hairy. The round, yellow flower heads are present from July-August. The seed pod is straight to slightly curved, 3-10 cm long and 4-6 mm wide, black-brown with long dense hairs and a thickened edge. Each seed has a distinctive stalk encircling it.


Restricted to an area south of Bellingen on the NSW north coast.

Habitat and ecology

  • An understorey species on rainforest edges and in wet or dry eucalypt forest in steep narrow gullies on quartzite soils.
  • Newry Golden Wattle is relatively short-lived. The seeds which remain in the soil require heat from fire to induce germination.
  • Too-frequent fire may lead to a decline in the population, as gradual exhaustion of the soil-borne seed bank will result, with no replacement of adult plants over time.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known Coastal lowlands south of Bellingen and north of Bowraville