Acacia retinodes

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Acacia retinodes
File:Acacia melanoxylon2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. retinodes
Binomial name
Acacia retinodes
Schltdl.[1]
Synonyms
  • Acacia floribunda sensu auct.
  • Acacia fragrans Pottier
  • Acacia longissima Chopinet
  • Acacia provincialis A. Camus
  • Acacia retinodes Schltdl. var. floribunda H.Vilm.
  • Acacia retinoide Schltr.
  • Acacia retinoides Schltr.
  • Acacia rhetinoides Schltr.
  • Acacia rostellifera sensu auct.
  • Acacia semperflorens A. Berger[2]

Acacia retinodes is an evergreen shrub that is native to South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Short racemes of yellow flowers are produced periodically throughout the year.[3][4] Some common names are Retinodes water wattle, swamp wattle, wirilda, ever-blooming wattle and silver wattle.[2] It grows to a height of 6-10m.[5]

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Acacia retinodes flowers and seed pod
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Acacia retinodes habit

Uses

It is used for environmental management and for ornamental purposes.[2] It produces good quantities of gum and its bark is good for tanning.[4]

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

Varieties

  • A. retinodes var. retinodes
  • A. retinodes var. uncifolia

References

  1. "Acacia retinodes". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ILDIS LegumeWeb
  3. RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Google Books Select Extra-tropical Plants Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture Or Naturalization By Ferdinand von Mueller
  5. Arthur Lee Jacobson Plant of the Month
  6. RHS Plant Selector Acacia retinodes AGM / RHS Gardening

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