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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Myth Buster:Wattles rarely cause hayfever (it is mostly grasses)
Botanical Name:Acacia mearnsii
synonym:   Racosperma mearnsii
Common Name:black wattle , garrong , green wattle , late black wattle
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Large Tree (over 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Gum is used as chewing gum that dissolves as you chew. Bark can be soaked to make a tea, which is claimed to be good for indigestion.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
8-20 m x 6-10 m
Foliage:Olive-green ferny leaves to 20 cm long. Glands on central leaf stalks both at the junction and between pairs of leaf segments.
Flowers:Dense bunches of highly perfumed pale yellow flowerheads (balls). Pods constricted between seeds, 6-15 cm x 5-9 mm, September-December

A fast-growing open tree with smooth dark bark. Resents pruning. Gum often exudes from the bark. Attractive shade tree. Plant away from target areas. A legume.

Birds like the seeds and the insects it attracts. Food plant for caterpillars.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  6. iNaturalist
  7. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

Propagation is easy from scarified seed by covering with boiling water for 24 hours and discarding any seeds still floating on the surface.

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