Red-eyed wattle

Red-Eyed Wattle (Acacia cyclops)

Red-eyed wattle is a coastal species.  Close to the ocean, it adopts a broad, dome shape for protection against salt and sand.  Further away from the coast, when sheltered by tuart trees, it grows more upright, and up to 7 m tall.   Seed pods open in late spring and early summer, revealing shiny black seeds surrounded by orange-red stalks.  The seeds are highly visible to birds which eat and disperse them.  The empty pods are retained for a long time, making the species easy to recognise.  Flowers occur over a long interval from early spring to late summer.

Ref: “Leaf and branch: trees and tall shrubs of Perth” by Robert Powell. Published by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, 2009.