Acacia auriculiformis

Acacia auriculiformis A. Cunn. ex Benth.

Common Names: Ear Leaf Acacia, Tan Wattle, Ear Pod Wattle

Family: Fabaceae

Habit: Acacia auriculiformis grows as a small tree/large shrub to 14 m in height (not usually in the Bahamas). The simple leaves are arranged alternately, oblique in shape forming a curved appearance to the leaves, to 18 cm in length, with parallel veins.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in tight, axillary or terminal, racemes (sometimes paniculate) of heads with each flower subtended by a bract. There are 5 fused sepals in the calyx forming a shallow tube.  There are 5 fused petals in the corolla forming a tube that exceeds the calyx. There are numerous yellow showy stamens that are 2 times as long as the perianth.  The ovary is superior with a single locule.  The fruit is a coiled /twisted legume that turns brown at maturity, is up to 8 cm in length, with an undulating margin at maturity at maturity.

Habitat: Acacia auriculiformis grows in Human Altered environments (yards, abandoned fields, roadsides). It has escaped into Pine Woodlands.

Distribution: Acacia auriculiformis is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago and Cuba.  It has become established on New Providence and Grand Bahama. It is native to Australia, and southeast Asia.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Acacia auriculiformis is not known to be used medicinally in the Bahamas. 

It is considered a NON- NATIVE INVASIVE in many countries including The Bahamas.