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Mulga

Mulga are hardy Australian native plants found throughout inland Australia. With an unusually long tap root, the mulga is able to withstand long periods of drought.

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The mulga is a hardy wattle ideally suited to arid and desert regions. In these areas, the shrub is such a conspicuous element of the landscape it has given rise to the term ‘mulga country’.

Most mulga bloom between March to October, and after heavy rain, with pretty spikes of small bright-yellow wattle flowers. It has needle-like leaves which are covered with fine silver-grey hairs.

The sophisticated arrangement of mulga branches funnels water to the stem and on to its long taproot, enabling it to withstand long periods of drought. It can grow to a height of 10m. But in arid regions with low rainfall, it tends to reach 3m. While most acacias are relatively short-lived, the mulga has a lifespan of 50 years.

Plant facts

Common name
Mulga
Scientific name
Acacia aneura
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this plant is found

The view across the rocky george. Photo:Boris Hlavica