New Buds, Above
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Family:||Legume (Fabaceae or Leguminosae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Hard-leaf Wattle (Acacia sclerophylla var sclerophylla)|
|This Photo:||Masses of New Buds|
Thank you Alan Dandie & Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Similar to A. hakeoides, but the leaves are much narrower, with a pointy tip. At the tip, the leaf dries to a hard black/grey point. Leaves don't have the yellow edge, but are strongly veined / striped.
Generally the bushes are shorter and more sprawling than the Hakea Wattle.
When in flower the bush looks like a mass of upright flower stems, whereas the Hakea tends to look like a big, wide, yellow ball.
The seeds are held in the pods with a white cup. There is no cup holding the seed in the Hakea Wattle.