Low, spreading shrub usually less than 1.5 metres high but often 2 metres or more wide. The ‘leaves’ (phyllodes) are short (usually < 3 centimetres) and narrow, with a rounded tip and distinct kink a short distance from the base. The lemon-yellow flower heads are generally loosely spherical rather than neat and globose as for most Acacia species. These are produced in pairs from the phyllode bases and often appear quite dense along the stems. The pods are long (to 12 cm), very narrow (0.2-0.3 cm), straight or curved, and light brown in colour. They often have a distinctive ëspicyí smell unlike the sweet smell of the flowers.