Dead Finish

Category: Fauna, Flora

Scientific Name:

Acacia tetragonophylla

Arrernte Name:

Arlketyerre

Conservation Status:

Least Concern (LC)

The drought-resistant nature of this spiky wattle is captured in its common name – Dead Finish: the last species to peg out in severe drought. Growing up to 3m high, it is found in a range of habitats across inland Australia. Very showy in flower, these dense shrubs create good habitat for nesting birds.

Bushfood & Medicinal: The seeds, while not prolific, are an important bushfood. Arrernte people use the sharp spiky leaves to treat warts. The bark from its roots is steeped in water to make an antiseptic solution for treating sores.