Acacia flocktoniae

Flockton Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia flocktoniae is a shrub growing to 3 metres high, with a restricted distribution, found on sandstone, in dry sclerophyll forest only in the Southern Blue Mountains (at Mt Victoria, Megalong Valley and Yerranderie, south to Picton) in New South Wales.
It is a listed threatened species.

The phyllodes are straight, to 10 cm long and to 0.5 cm wide.

Flowers are produced in globular heads, to 5 mm in diameter. Each head can have up to 30 very small, staminate flowers. Heads are produced on racemes in leaf axils with up to 10 heads per raceme, between August and September.

Pods straight to slightly curved or flat, to 11cm long, and only 0.7 mm wide.

In the garden

A rare plant in the wild. Cultivation is currently unknown.

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

Most wattles regenerate from seed after fire

Acacia – from Greek akis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
flocktoniae named in honour of the botanical artist, Margaret Flockton (1861-1953) who was the first botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. There are some 1000 of her illustrations in The Botanic Gardens Trust Archive.

This plant is listed under both NSW and Commonwealth legislation as threatened with a category of vulnerable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_flocktoniae
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedSpeciesApp/profile.aspx?id=10013
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=wattle&lvl=sp&name=Acacia~flocktoniae

By Jeff Howes