Acacia baueri

Distribution Map
Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Distribution: Blue Mountains near Sydney and coastal areas from the NSW central coast to south-east Queensland.
Common Name: No generally accepted common name other than the generic "Wattle".
Derivation of Name: Acacia; from Greek acis, a thorn.
baueri; after Franz and Ferdinand Bauer, botanical artists.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild at the species level, however, A.baueri subsp. baueri is listed as vulnerable in Queensland under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 while A.baueri subsp. aspera is listed as vulnerable under NSW legislation.

General Description:

Acacia baueri is a small, upright shrub rarely exceeding 1 metre in height. The phyllodes are about 150 mm long, rounded in cross section (terete) and often with scattered hairs. There are two subspecies recognised, subsp. baueri and subsp. aspera. The latter is restricted to the Blue Mountains area and has very pronounced tuberculate branches (warty).

Acacia baueri
Acacia baueri
Photo: Barbara Henderson

The bright yellow flower clusters are globular in shape and are produced in the phyllode axils during spring. The clusters occur singly, in pairs or on short racemes. The flowers of subsp.aspera are held on short peduncles (flower stalks) and tend to be hidden among the foliage. The flowers are followed by slender, straight seed pods about 10-25 mm long.

A.baueri is not widely grown but is a useful small shrub for coastal areas. It is reliable in a range of soils and can tolerate some inundation. It flowers best in full sun or dappled shade. Because of its habit, the plant takes up little space and is particularly useful for smaller gardens.

Propagation is relatively easy by normal seed raising methods following pretreatment by soaking in boiling water or by scarification. Cuttings have also been successful.

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