Acacia baileyana

Acacia baileyana_C122-08
Photo: UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: cootamundra wattle

Acacia baileyana (cootamunda wattle) is a shrub (family Fabaceae) with yellow flowers and finely dissected leaves found in the coastal ranges, San Francisco Bay area and transverse ranges of California. It is native to Southeastern Australia. It favors scrub and chaparral habitat. It has long-lived seeds that accumulate in the soil and germinate after fires, hot weather or other disturbances. It spreads via ants, wind, water and dumped garden waste.

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Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Acacia baileyana Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • GBIF - Global distribution information.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • The Plant List - Global taxonomic resource and collaborative clearinghouse from Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Missouri Botanic Garden and others.
  • Additional photos

    Acacia baileyana_leaf (front and back) and flowers_RonVanderhoff
    Acacia baileyana (cootamundra wattle) leaf (front and back) and flowers. Photo: Ron Vanderhoff
    Acacia baileyana_fruits (immature)_Zoya Akulova
    Acacia baileyana (cootamundra wattle) fruits (immature). Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Acacia baileyana_seeds in fruit_Zoya Akulova
    Acacia baileyana (cootamundra wattle) seeds in fruit. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Acacia baileyana_growth habit_Zoya Akulova
    Acacia baileyana (cootamundra wattle) growth habit. Photo: Zoya Akulova