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Silver Wattle

(Acacia holosericea, fam. Mimosaceae)

Acacia holosericea Acacia holosericea Acacia holosericea Acacia holosericea Acacia holosericea
Fast growing specimen, grows to approximately 5m tall, silvery appearence and 4-12 year life expectancy.
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree,Acacia / wattle
Leaf:Simple Alternate

3 prominent leaf veins, elliptic, 10-20cm x 2-5cm. New leaf growth covered in silvery hairs.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Golden yellow
Flower description:Flower spikes 3-6cm long either single or in pairs in leaf axils. Flowering period June to August.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Pods change from green to dark brown when ripe.
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Seed pods are curled, 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,Woodland/ open forest
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
Weed status:
Notes:Useful for revegetation due to quick growth, can be susceptible to longicorn beetles.
Information sources: Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.

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