Dead Finish (Acacia tetragonophylla)
Arrernte name: Arlketyerre
Arrernte seeds: Merne ntange arlketyerre
Warlpiri name: Kurara
Often found as a straggly looking shrub that can grown to about 2-3 metres high,
the common name for this shrub is ‘Dead Finish’. There is a number of reasons
for this name, being that ‘when the cows start eating the Dead Finish bush,
everything else has died’ or ‘in a bad drought, this is the last bush to die’.
The Aboriginal name for the plant, from the Warlpiri language is ‘Kurara’. The
Arrernte name is ‘Arlketyerre’.
This wattle grows in a variety of soils and conditions from dry sandy regions,
dry stony hillsides and desert regions of Australia.