Acacia flavescens (Fabaceae)

Acacia flavescens

This wattle is a Queensland endemic and is commonly called the Red Wattle. It is an exceedingly common tree of open woodland, savanna and sometimes also at the edges of rainforest. It is also probably one of the most easily recognizable wattles in the region due to it’s relatively large leaves (up to around 12cm long or more), particularly in the sapling stage, where it is not only long but broad. The leaves are actually not true leaves but are actually modified leaf stalks called phyllodes that serve as photosynthetic organs. Distinctively, the phyllodes of the Red Wattle are toothed along the convex edge. Upon closer examination, these teeth are actually glands. This feature also occurs in a few other Far North Queensland wattles such as Acacia leptoloba.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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