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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 pycnantha
synonym:   Racosperma pycnanthum
Common Name:golden wattle
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Tree (up to 6 m), Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Roasted seeds and gum can be eaten. Bark used as a sedative for rheumatism.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
Size
(HxW):
3-10 m x 2-5 m
Foliage:Broad, bright green sickle-shaped to curved foliage to 20 cm x 10-50 mm, often hanging. Single, central main vein, 1-2 glands, slightly raised, near the base of the leaf.
Flowers:Masses of densely-flowered, scented golden ball-shaped flowerheads in axillary spikes. Thin flattish, slightly constricted pods 5-13 cm x 5-7 mm. July-October
General
Comments:
Floral Emblem of Australia. Specimen plant. Windbreak, screen. Fast-growing legume, drought resistant. Birds like the seeds and insects it attracts. Food plant for caterpillars.


Further
Information:
  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Australian Native Plants Society
  3. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  5. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  6. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  7. Australian National Botanic Garden
  8. Flora of Australia
  9. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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