Acacia retinodes is a species of shrub or small tree that belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is commonly known as swamp wattle or wirilda and is native to southeastern Australia, including Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania.
The plant can grow up to 8 meters in height and has bipinnate leaves with 4-8 pairs of pinnae. The flowers are yellow, spherical heads that grow in axillary racemes. The fruit is a pod that is flat, brown, and up to 8 cm long.
Acacia retinodes is commonly found in wet areas such as swamps, riverbanks, and along streams. It can tolerate wet soils and periodic flooding, making it a good plant for erosion control and rehabilitation of degraded wetlands.
The species is also used for various purposes, including firewood, charcoal production, and as a source of tannins for the leather industry. In addition, its flowers and foliage are used in the production of honey, and the plant is sometimes used as an ornamental in gardens and landscaping.