Acacia meiantha

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Grows as an erect or sometimes straggling shrub to 2.5 m high, with smooth greenish/brown bark.
It is an endangered plant, consisting of severely fragmented populations that are in decline and are found in three disjunct populations, all within the NSW Central Tablelands within 100 km of each other, growing in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, in sandy to clayey soils. It grows in Mullions Range (north of Orange) and Clarence (east of Lithgow).

Phyllodes (modified leaves) are straight to slightly curved, to 5 cm long and to about 1 cm wide.

Flowers are grouped firstly into globular heads, to 5 mm in diameter, with 4 to 8 very small staminate flowers in each head. The heads are produced in axillary racemes with up to 20 heads in each raceme, occurring in July to October.

Seed pods are straight or slightly curved, to 8 cm long and 1 cm wide.

In the garden

No recorded cultivation notes. It is a listed threatened species and therefore, likely hard to grow from sourced seed.

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 with some species exhibiting suckering from bases of stems.

Acacia – from Greek acis, meaning a thorn or “thorny”.
meiantha – (the root cannot be determined) but is thought to refer to the few flowers contained in the flower-heads.

This plant is listed as threatened with a category of endangered by both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedSpeciesApp/profile.aspx?id=20292
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Acacia~meiantha

By Jeff Howes