Tree to 20 m tall with reddish new growth. Leaves bipinnate. Pinnae in 2-6 pairs with a gland between the lowest division and base of the leaf stalk and other glands at the base of pinnae pairs. Leaflets in 8-14 pairs, lanceolate, 2.5-5 cm long, with a prominent central vein, pale green below. Flower heads large, pale yellow; autumn to winter. Fruit pod 10-15 cm long,1-1.5 cm wide. Syn. A. botrycephala (Vent.) Desf.
A prostrate form is sometimes offered.
A. terminalis (Salisb.) J.F.Macbr., Sunshine Wattle, from NSW,Vic and Tas is a shrub or occasionally small tree to 5 m or so tall with ridged reddish branchlets.The leaves are shiny above, pale below and have a red elongate gland between the lowermost divisions at least. The primary division is into 2-6 pairs with 20-30 linear to linear lanceolate leaflets 1-1.5 cm long, 2-4 mm wide.
A tree growing naturally in shaded gullies and along rivers and streams.
Large leaflets 2.5-5 cm long.
VIC: Burwood (Wattle Park); S Yarra (Domain, opposite Millswyn St).
Source: (2002). Mimosaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.