Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Acacia spectabilis

Acacia spectabilis - Mudgee Wattle

Family - Fabaceae (Mimosoideae)

Common name - Mudgee Wattle

Flowers and fruit - Many large bright yellow flower heads on raceme from leaf axil. Pods are straight or curved with irregular constrictions between seeds.  4 to 17cm long and 10 to 19mm wide. Flowers mainly between July and November.

Leaves and stems - Bipinnate leaves. Grey-green to glaucous (bluish), usually with one inconspicuous gland at or near the base of lowest pair of pinnae. Grey or whitish branches.

Habit and habitat - Erect or spreading shrub/tree to 4m high, or sometimes taller. Single-stemmed with smooth bark. Dry Eucalypt and Callitris woodland, sandy soils. Acacia spectabilis, as its name suggests, can look spectacular in flower.

Grey-green bipinnate leaves of Acacia spectabilis

Ripe seeds pods of Acacia spectabilis

White smooth bark of Acacia spectabilis

White/grey bark often has dark blotches

Acacia spectabilis makes a beautiful show in the bush