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Sunshine 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 terminalis subsp. terminalis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 06 Mar 1998
Profile last updated: 10 Sep 2019


An erect or spreading shrub, 1-5 metres tall, with pale yellow flowers and seed pods 3-11 cm long. The small branches (branchlets) are angled and have longitudinal ridges. The leaves including stalks (petioles) are 0.5-2.1 cm long, and contain between 2 and 5 pairs of pinnae (=leaflets). Differs from more widespread subspecies by being hairier, possessing thicker flower stalk and wider seed pods.


Very limited distribution, mainly in near-coastal areas from the northern shores of Sydney Harbour south to Botany Bay, with most records from the Port Jackson area and the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Recorded from North Head, Middle Head, Dover Heights, Parsely Bay, Nielsen Park, Cooper Park, Chifley, Watsons Bays, Wollstonecraft and Waverley.

Habitat and ecology

  • Coastal scrub and dry sclerophyll woodland on sandy soils .
  • Habitat is generally sparse and scattered.
  • Most areas of habitat or potential habitat are small and isolated.
  • Most sites are highly modified or disturbed due to surrounding urban development.
  • Flowers in autumn but may be through to early winter.
  • Small birds and bees are natural pollinators.
  • Seeds mature in November and are dispersed by ants.
  • Seed viability is high and recruitment occurs mainly after fire.
  • A fire temperature of 60 degrees is required for optimum germination. Although plants are killed by fire, they have been recorded sprouting from the base.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None