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Many of the Acacia species from the New World and from Africa are quite thorny, but this trait is conspicuously absent among the many species from Western Australia - including Acacia merinthophora, pictured here. In Australia it is sometimes called the Zig-Zag Wattle or the Whispering Wattle, and it is notable for its extremely narrow leaves. Lots of Australian Acacias flower early in the year, and this one didn’t even wait for January 1st to start. It is a shrub which attains a height of about 9 to 12 feet (2.7 to 3.6 m).


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