Acacia boormanii

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Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Distribution: Open forest and woodland in the southern tablelands of New South Wales and north-eastern Victoria.
Common Name: Snowy River wattle.
Derivation of Name: Acacia; from Greek acis, a thorn.
boormanii; After J. L. Boorman, a botanist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

General Description:

Acacia boormanii is a shrub or small tree to about 4.5 metres high with smooth, grey bark. Like most members of the genus, the mature plant does not have true leaves but has leaf-like flattened stems called phyllodes. In A.boormanii the phyllodes are linear in shape from 30-60 mm long by about 2 mm wide and greyish-green in colour. The bright yellow flower clusters are globular in shape and are produced in the leaf axils in late winter to spring. The flowers have a pleasant scent.

Acacia boormanii
Acacia boormanii
Photo by Danielle Langlois from Wikimedia Commons and reproduced under the GNU Free Documentation License

Snowy River wattle is well known in cultivation and is spectacular when in full flower. It is a hardy plant suitable for a wide range of climates and soils, provided they are reasonably well drained, although it is probably at its best in less humid areas. It prefers full sun or partial shade.

Propagation is relatively easy by normal seed raising methods following pretreatment by soaking in boiling water or by scarification. Propagation from cuttings may also be successful.


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