North Coast Wattle
Acacia leptocarpa, Fam. Mimosaceae
Shrub to small tree to 15m. Rounded crown and pendulous branches.
|Form or habit:||Acacia / wattle|
Phyllode- narrowly eliptic, long and sickle-shaped. 9-26.5 x 1-3.5mm. Juvenile foliage larger. Three prominent yellowish veins crowd together at base of phyllode, secondary veins widely spaced (1-3 per mm) and more or less parallel. Prominent swollen basal gland.
|Flower colour:||Yellow to golden yellow|
|Flower description:||Yellow spikes 4-7cm long, in pairs in the leaf axils. Flowering in autumn to spring|
|Fruit colour:||Dark brown|
|Fruit description:||Pods, long, very narrow, flat, somewhat constricted between seeds. Twisted to coiled 8-15 x 0.2-0.35 cm. Seed is dark brown with a large yellow-orange aril.|
|Habitat:||Woodland/ open forest|
|Distribution||Northern areas of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia in coastal eucalypt forests along fresh water stream banks and seasonal swampy areas.|
|Food source for:||Larval food plant for the Northern Hairstreak butterfly.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||A good screening or windbreak tree. Timber useful for turning.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|