Acacia flavescens (PROSEA)
Acacia flavescens A. Cunn. ex Benth.
- Family: Leguminosae - Mimosoideae
Racosperma flavescens (A. Cunn. ex Benth.) Pedley.
- Red wattle, yellow wattle (En).
Occurring naturally in Australia (coastal Queensland), and is cultivated in Papua New Guinea.
Provides good, dense fuelwood. Suitable plant for erosion control in fire-prone areas. Foliage palatable to cattle. Bark contains 10-26% tannin. Wood attractively marked, close-grained, hard, brown.
Unarmed straggling tree up to 10 m tall with straight stem and dark bark furrowed longitudinally. Branchlets angular with rather dense, grey-white, stellate hairs. Phyllodes ovate-falcate, 9-24 cm × 1-6 cm, with 3 prominent longitudinal veins, the upper 2 terminating at the margin with an indentation, usually with a gland. Inflorescence a globose head, grouped in terminal panicles 30 cm in diameter, each head consisting of up to 50 pale yellow flowers. Pod flat, somewhat winged, 6-12 cm × 1-2 cm, shining. Seed transverse, 6 mm × 4 mm, black, aril small and pale. A. flavescens coppices well, with vigorous regrowth from root suckers. It is found in coastal lowlands from 0-150(-1000) m altitude with 1000-2150 mm annual rainfall, on a wide range of soils (from sandy, well-drained, acid to neutral, to laterite ridges).
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M.S.M. Sosef & L.J.G. van der Maesen