Acacia lunata

Lunate-leaved Acacia

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

A shrub to 3 metres high found only in NSW, from around Cessnock in the north down to around Richmond in the south. It is on slopes and around creeks in sandy and sandstone based soils as part of open Eucalyptus woodland communities.

The phyllodes (modified leaves) are green, have an inequilaterally oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic shape, to 3.5 cm long and about 1 cm wide.

Inflorescences are primarily globular heads which each head having about 5 flowers. The heads are then clustered into racemes with up to 23 heads in each raceme. Racemes are produced in leaf axils, from July to November.

The seed pods have a narrowly oblong shape, up to 6 cm long and 0.8 cm wide.

In the garden

Cultivation features 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 will regenerate from seed after fire.

Acacia from Greek acis, a thorn.
lunata refers to ‘lunar’, the ‘crescent’ moon shape of the phyllodes.

Not considered endangered in the wild.

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

By Jeff Howes