Acacia clandullensis

Gold-dust Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfam. Mimosoideae

This plant is an open pendulous shrub growing 1 to 2 m high. It is restricted to the Clandulla and Glen Davis areas in the western coastal / tablelands area, west of Sydney, growing at higher altitudes in stony sandy or clay-loam soils. It is associated with Western Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus rossii) woodlands.

The phyllodes (modified leaves) are quite crowded and have a circular to broadly elliptic or obovate shape and are slightly twisted, to about 1.5 cm long and 1 cm wide.

Flowers are produced in globular heads, to 8 mm diameter with up to 30 small staminate flowers in each head. One head is produced per leaf/phyllode axil.

The seed pods are straight or slightly curved, to 9 cm long and 2 cm wide.

In the garden

Currently, not much is known about this species in cultivation. The appearance of the phyllodes would make it interesting to grow.

Acacias can suffer from a number of pests, including borers, scale, galls and leaf miners. Growing plants suitable to your local environment minimises these occurring.

Propagation

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

Other information

This taxon was previously a part of Acacia uncinata. Similar to A. sertiformis. A. clandullensis is distinguished by its bright green twisted phyllodes and paler yellow flower heads with less flowers.

Most wattles regenerate from seed after fire with some species exhibiting basal re-shooting.

Acacia – from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
clandullensis – Latin for coming from the Clandulla region or locality.

Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Acacia~clandullensis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_clandullensis

By Jeff Howes