Bega Wattle - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Acacia georgensis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 15 Aug 2018


The Bega Wattle is an erect or spreading tree, 3 - 12 m high with deeply fissured bark. The wattle ‘leaves’ (phyllodes) are stiff and curved, 7 - 17 cm long and 15 - 30 mm wide, with three prominent veins. Flower-heads are in long spikes, golden-yellow, and appear singly or in pairs. The pods are more or less straight and flat, 2 - 7 cm long and 3 - 4 mm wide. Flowers appear between August and October. It is reported to emit an ‘offensive odour’ during rain.


Only occurs in the far South East of NSW with known sites at Kianinny Bay in Bournda National Park, on Dr George Mountain, Wadbilliga National Park and in Bemboka and Coolangubra Sections (one location on cliffs above the Towamba River) of the South East Forests National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Typically occurs on well-drained, shallow soils at sites with considerable exposed rock.
  • The sites where it is found represent a range of different environments with correspondingly varied vegetation; in general, other tree species are uncommon but can include Veined Olive (Notelaea venosa), Hickory Wattle (Acacia implexa), Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis), Woollybutt (E. longifolia), Bega Mallee (E. spectatrix) and Gully Gum (E. smithii).
  • Individuals are evidentially very long-lived, highly drought-tolerant, fire-sensitive trees.
  • Reproduction is exclusively from seed and the plants are not capable of suckering.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known between Merimbula and Bermagui, south of Deua NP