Wattles: old favourites and new finds

Some new wattles

Heath Wattle

Heath Wattle, Acacia brownii, is a relative of Prickly Moses. Growing in the southern section, in a distinctly Lowland Forest part of the Reserve, it is a sprawling, prickly wattle. Its leaves are ‘pungent’, which refers to the sharp ends, and its globular golden flowers are on simple peduncles along the length of the slender branches.

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Golden Wattle

The Acacia pycnantha, new to the Reserve, is growing in a small stand in the western section. This wattle is Australia’s floral emblem and has golden yellow fluffy flowers and large, shiny phyllodes – flattened stems.

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Some old ones

Prickly Moses

Prickly Moses is flowering throughout the Reserve. A great habitat plant for small birds, there are two varieties: Acacia verticillata subspecies cephalantha and subspecies verticillata. The difference lies in the spines: cephalantha is triple clumped whereas the verticillata has single spines around the branches. The former appears denser, as a consequence. The spiny leaves of the verticillata are longer.

Myrtle Wattle

The Acacia Myrtifolia can be red stemmed, and is distributed throughout Victoria. The phyllodes – flattened stems – are elliptic, slightly cuved and the flowers are ball shaped, creamy to golden.

Narrow-leaf Wattle

This wattle – Acacia Mucronata – is a graceful wattle found throughout the Reserve. There is some variation in its habit, with shrub and tree forms. Its phyllodes (leaves) are long and narrow  and its flowers occur in loose spikes.

Blackwood

Finally, the Acacia Melanoxylon has also been flowering, since August. The foliage is dense in this tree and it has flowers that are a creamy, paler yellow colour than the flowers of the other wattles in the Reserve.

Here are images of those wattles better known in the Reserve.

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Resources:

Rogers, F.J.C. (1993) A Field guide to Victorian Wattles. Third Edition. La Trobe University Press: Bundoora

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