Sandhill Wattle
Dried Seed Pods
Murray Mallee Region
Sandhill Wattle
Seed & Orange Aril
Sandhill Wattle (Acacia ligulata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Legumes (Fabales)
Family: Legume (Fabaceae or Leguminosae)
Species: Sandhill Wattle (Acacia ligulata)
This Photo:     Seed Perspective
Other names: Dune Wattle, Small Cooba, Umbrella or Wardaruka Bush

Thank you Andrew Allanson for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
Peter Marriott kindly sent us a paper from 1953 of the proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia. From page 56, it discusses how the roots of this shub are a food source for Witjuti / Witchety / Witchetty grubs; named after the Witjuti bush which is now considered to be Acacia kempeana. Various tribes had various names for the bushes, one being Wardaruka Bush for this species, and so Wardaruka grubs would feed on it's roots. Interesting how one term is so well known & the other not

Copyright © 2014-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 23-Jan-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)