Comparison of male and female plants.
Male plants above with vestigial ovary and functional anthers at ends of stamens (note pollen).
Female plant with vestigial stamens and functional ovary - purple, with three chambers.
Acacia rostriformis (Bacchus Marsh Varnish Wattle)
Shrub 1 - 6m tall generally multi-stemmed from the base
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to oblong elliptic 20 - 50mm long, 5 - 10mm wide,
2 longitudinal nerves (veins) per face
Apex of phyllode excentrically mucronate, rostriform (beaked)
Flower heads globular, 1-3 per axil
Flowers around September