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Wanderrie Wattle or Kemps Wattle
Characteristics: Fast growing Shrub 3 to 5 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packets: Approx 20
A spreading shrub with many stems or small tree typically to a height of 3 to 5 m with blue green phyllodes (leaves) that are slightly curved, broad and blunt 10 cm long.
Bright golden rods of cylindrical flowers occur in clusters 2 to 4cm in long between January or April and September depending of conditions. Flowers are followed by papery pods The pods around 7 cm long which contain the seed.
Occurring predominantly in the arid and semi arid regions of central and northern Australia with pockets occurring in all states except Tasmania.
Prefers a well drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tolerant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.