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Acacia stellaticeps (Poverty Bush)

This  species is closely related to Acacia translucens and is disdinguished from it mainly by its larger flowers. Also referred to  as Poverty bush, it is a low, spreading shrub that grows on arid spinifex plains in northern Australia. It is distributed throughout the inland Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia, and east into the Victoria River region of the Northern Territory.

The name ‘Povert Bush’ refers to its common distribution in overgrazed and degraded land. Acacia stellaticeps can been seen as an indicator of poor land condition.  The pods can be up to 9 centimetres long and explode when ripe!

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