Acacia calyculata (Fabaceae)

Acacia calyculata

I was acquainted with this chest-height shrubby wattle species in the open woodland areas of the Paluma Range but I have since also seen it growing in Davies Creek and other dry areas. A little browse through the internet reveal an interesting titbit of historical trivia – this species was one of the plants collected during the voyage of HMB Endeavour.

This common wattle can readily be recognized by a number of features. The stems are somewhat flattened towards the end of the twigs and the ‘leaves’ or phyllodes are arranged alternately in a slight zig-zag fashion along the twigs. The phyllodes are also wider towards the end and are often a little curved (ie. falcate in shape). The flowers are in spikes which arise in pairs at the leaf axil but often the flowers on only one spike matures and the other spike falls off. The flowers are also distinctively white, at least those I have encountered.

I have yet to encounter pods but I know that they are are thin and linear in shape. More on this wattle in time…


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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