Acacia myrtifolia

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Acacia myrtifolia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. myrtifolia
Binomial name
Acacia myrtifolia
(Sm.) Willd.

Acacia myrtifolia, known colloquially as Myrtle Wattle or Red-stemmed Wattle, is a species of Acacia native to Australia. Its specific epithet 'myrtle-leaved' is derived from the Latin myrtus 'myrtle', and folium 'leaf'. It is a small shrub 0.3–3 m (1–10 ft) in height, and 2–3 m (7–10 ft) spread. It has distinctive red branches and lanceolate green phyllodes, 2–9 cm (1-3½ in) in length and 0.5–3 cm wide. Its flowers are creamy white or pale yellow and appear in winter and spring.[1] These are followed by 4–7 cm (1½-3 in) long curved seed pods.[2]

It was one of the earliest plants described in the colony, having been illustrated by James Sowerby.

print by James Sowerby

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harden GJ (1990). "Acacia myrtifolia (Sm.) Willd.". Plantnet - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ Elliot, Rodger W.; Jones, David L.; Blake, Trevor (1985). Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants Suitable for Cultivation: Vol. 2. Port Melbourne: Lothian Press. p. 88. ISBN 0-85091-143-5.