Bush in Flower
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Family:||Legume (Fabaceae or Leguminosae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Veined Wait-a-while (Acacia colletioides)|
Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Riverland and possibly elsewhere
The leaves (phyllodes) have 8 parallel veins (nerves).
Sorry about the yellow colour of the close ups, they were taken in drought, not a diagnostic of the species.
While they are classed as Least Concern we've only ever seen them once. They are nearly impossible to separate from Spinebush from a distance, so you need to take a close look at the phyllodes of everyone you see. We've done this with all our Spinebushes on Ellura and not a colletioides to be found.
The name comes from a local legend that if you ever fell into one you'll have to wait-a-while for someone else to pull you out. They are so prickly that trying to push yourself off the bush would be extremely painful!
Similar Species: Spine Bush (Acacia nyssophylla)