Dead Finish

Category: 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.