Acacia holosericea, Fam. Mimosaceae
Fast growing specimen, grows to approximately 5m tall, silvery appearence and 4-12 year life expectancy.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
3 prominent leaf veins, elliptic, 10-20cm x 2-5cm. New leaf growth covered in silvery hairs.
|Flower description:||Golden yellow flower spikes 3-6cm long either single or in pairs in leaf axils. Flowering period June to August.|
|Fruit description:||Seed pods are curled, changing from green to dark brown when ripe, in dense clusters and measure 2.5 - 4mm wide. Seeds are shiny dark brown and have a bright yellow aril.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, open forest, woodland.|
|Distribution||Northern Australia, North East Queensland and southward to Central Australia.|
|Food source for:||Seeds consumed by the red-winged parrot and varied triller. The leaves are also a food source for the larval stage of the firey jewel and wattle blue butterflies.|
|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested|
|Notes:||Useful for revegetation due to quick growth, can be susceptible to longicorn beetles.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|