Parks Victoria reports that a species of wattle not previously found in Victoria has been discovered in the north east, in Mount Lawson State Park near the New South Wales border.

Acacia linearifolia is a wattle with very narrow, long and straightphyllodes or leaves. Local Parks Victoria Ranger Kelton Goyne discovered about six trees of this rare wattle in March this year when looking at planned burning options in the park.

“I knew it was different,” he said, “So I took a sample and compared it with some other local wattles just to make sure. Then with the help of an amateur botanist I had it checked out by the Royal Botanic Gardens. They confirmed that it was the first record of the species in Victoria, with the closest others growing 100 kilometres to the north in NSW at The Rock Nature Reserve.”

The trees are mature species, approximately 20-30 years old, and have not been brought in by vehicles or other artificial means. It’s thought they may be the southern remnants of a pre-existing range of these wattles.

Another rare species, the Phantom wattle, was found in the Upper Murray area in the mid 1960s, on Pine Mountain within Burrowa – Pine Mountain National Park. It usually grows in sheltered gullies and has cylindrical spike shaped flowers rather than the familiar spherical shape, and extremely narrow leaves that sit upright.

There are also lots of other rare native plants found on Pine Mountain, a rocky monolith about one and a half times bigger than Uluru. They include Fan Grevillea, Broad-leaf Hop-bush and the Pine Mountain Grevillea with its light green flowers.