Shrub or small straggly tree. Phyllodes green, more or less triangular, about 1 cm long, with 2 main veins; gland in the middle of the margin between 'corners'. Flower heads round, bright yellow, in racemes. Fruit pod straight and flat, 3-6 cm long.
A variegated form is also available.
A. amblygona Benth., Fan Wattle, from NSW and Qld has long-pointed phyllodes with equally prominent longitudinal veins and flowers in globular heads; A. bidentata Benth. from WA is a prostrate or small, densely branched shrub; A. buxifolia A. Cunn., Box-leaf Wattle, from Qld, NSWand Vic has Buxus-like phyllodes about 2.5 cm long with 1-2 glands on the upper margin; A. uncinata Lindl.,Weeping Wattle, from Qld and NSW has ovate-lanceolate phyllodes to 2.5 cm long that are usually wavy-edged with thick margins, and a broad, flat to wavy-edged fruit pod.
Similar to the shrub A. cultriformis which, however, generally (not always) has bluer leaves with one main vein, the gland at the 'corner' and phyllodes more than 1 cm long.
VIC: Balwyn (Maranoa Gds).
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.