Acacia kybeanensis

Kybean wattle or Kybeyan wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

A spreading shrub to 2.5 m tall, growing in two general areas; around the NSW Blue Mountains/Newnes area; and south from the Snowy Mountains into the Gippsland area of Victoria.

It is often found on rocky slopes in rocky sandy soils as a part of Eucalyptus woodland communities.

The shrub typically has a dense or erect to spreading habit and finely greyish haired branchlets.

Phyllodes (modified leaves) are grey-green to 5 cm long and to 0.6 mm wide.

Flowers produced in globular heads, to 7 mm diameter, with up to 14 flowers per head. Heads produced in racemes with up to 8 per raceme, produced out of leaf axils, between August and October.

The seed pods have an oblong to narrowly oblong shape and are raised over seeds. The pods have a length of up to 6 cm and a width to 2 mm.

In the garden

An attractive ornamental plant that tolerates most soils and is frost/snow hardy. Flowers are bird attracting,

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

May be confused with Acacia buxifolia which has glabrous phyllodes.
Most wattles regenerate from seed after fire, with some species suckering from the base.

Acacia from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or thorny.
kybeanensis named for the locality of Kybeyan (south-east of Cooma), collected by R.H. Cambage in 1908. The species has been named after “Kybean” rather than “Kybeyan”

Richard Hind Cambage CBE (b.1859 d.1928) was an Australian surveyor and botanist who made important contributions to the description of the genera Acacia and Eucalyptus.

Not known to be at risk in the wild.

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

By Jeff Howes