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Acacia dealbata

Botanical Name: Acacia dealbata
Common Name: Silver wattle
Family: Mimosaceae
Size: 10-30m H x 5-10m W
Leaves: Hairy, silver-blue/grey bipinnate in 10-20 pairs, feather-like.
Flowers: Pale to bright yellow globular heads of 25-30 flowers, stalked, fragrant in dense terminal racemes.

Flowering Time: Late winter/spring
Fruit: a pod, 7-10cm long, blue/green ripening to light brown, hanging on the tree in profusion.
Habitat/distribution: Tolerates a wide range of soil types but prefers moist soil in dappled shade, partial or full sun, in high rainfall areas. Also Vic, NSW.
Where to See: Throughout Tasmania, especially wetter areas, all National Parks and many city bushland parks and gardens.
Other notes: good for erosion control and shelter belts, post bush fire coloniser.

Acacia genistifolia

Botanical Name: Acacia genistifolia
Common Name: Spreading wattle
Family: Mimosaceae
Size: 0.1-3m H x 1-3m W
Flowers: Yellow balls on a slender stalk, 1-3 together.
Flowering Time: Spring
Fruit: a linear pod, maturing to brown.

Habitat/distribution: Widespread and abundant in dry places as a prostrate or upright straggly, prickly shrub and along roadsides. Also Vic, NSW.
Where to See: Throughout Tasmania, especially dry sclerophyll areas, most lower National Parks and many city bushland parks and gardens.
Other notes: Prostrate form comes true from cuttings; leaves have sharp points, so beware when weeding or pruning.

Acacia gunnii

Botanical Name: Acacia gunnii
Common Name: Ploughshare wattle
Family: Mimosaceae
Size: 20-90cm H x 100-200cm W
Leaves: Leathery phyllodes with sharp points, shape like a ploughshare.
Flowers: Small axillary yellow balls on a fine stalk.
Flowering Time: Late winter/spring

Fruit: narrow leathery pod with thickened margins, constricted between the seeds.
Habitat/distribution: Small localised populations in dry heathland in the eastern half of Tasmania. Also SA, Vic, NSW, Q.
Where to See: Knocklofty and Peter Murrell Reserves, Cascade Walking Track.
Other notes: Useful small plants for well drained light to heavy soils in part shade.

Acacia leprosa

Botanical Name: Acacia leprosa var. graveolens
Common Name: Varnish wattle
Family: Mimosaceae
Size: 3-5m H x 3-5m W
Leaves: Bright, shiny green lanceolate phyllodes, 4-10cm long with 2 prominent veins.

Flowers: Pale bright yellow ball, 2-3 in the leaf axils.
Flowering Time: Late winter/spring/summer
Fruit: A straight leathery pod, 6-10cm long, with constriction between the seeds.
Habitat/distribution: Locally common in damp, shady areas. Also Vic, NSW, Q.
Where to See: Throughout Tasmania, especially moister areas, lower slopes of Mt Wellington.
Other notes: Hardy and adaptable in part shade, tolerates wet and dry periods. Prune for shape.

Acacia melanoxylon

Botanical Name: Acacia melanoxylon
Common Name: Blackwood
Family: Mimosaceae
Size: 15-30m H x 10-15m W
Leaves: Grey/green phyllodes 4-10cm long, narrow at both ends, with 3-5 prominent veins

Flowers: Pale yellow balls, solitary or in racemes.
Flowering Time: Spring
Fruit: Curved pods containing shiny black seeds surrounded by reddish aril (seed stalk).
Habitat/distribution: Widespread in wet sclerophyll forests, on rich loamy soils in wet gullies and forests as a tall tree with dense foliage. Sparse in dry sclerophyll as an open, tall shrub or small tree. Also SA, Vic, NSW, Q.
Where to See: Throughout Tasmania, especially wetter areas, all National Parks and many city parks and gardens.
Other notes: Excellent for erosion control and shelter belts; sheep and goats will eat off the lower braches as high as they can reach. Suckers from damaged roots; beautiful furniture, panelling and craftwork timber especially when sourced from wet sclerophyll areas; prune for shape and size in home gardens.

Acacia verticillata

Botanical Name: Acacia verticillata
Common Name: Prickly moses
Family: Mimosaceae
Size: 1-6m H x 3-5m W
Leaves: Pointed, elliptical, narrow phyllodes 1-2cm long, 1-7mm wide usually in whorls.
Flowers: Dense cylindrical or ovoid yellow spikes, in the leaf axils.
Flowering Time: Spring
Fruit: A narrow, twisted pod maturing to brown.
Habitat/distribution: Widespread especially in damp places. Also SA, Vic, NSW.

Where to See: Throughout Tasmania, especially damp areas, all National Parks and many city bushland parks and gardens; Wellington Park lower areas, Knocklofty and Peter Murrell Reserves. Common along roadsides.
Other notes: Useful as a coloniser of disturbed ground. Provides good habitat for small birds.

Brachyscome spathulata

Botanical Name: Brachyscome spathulata
Common Name: Spoonleaf daisy
Family: Asteraceae
Size: 15-30m H x 10-20cm W
Leaves: Spathulate, lobed, 4-6cm long, decreasing in size up the stem.
Flowers: Blue, mauve or white multipetalled, 3-4cm daisy.
Flowering Time: Spring/autumn
Habitat/distribution: Dry sandstone soils near the coast and alpine areas. Also Vic, NSW, Q.
Where to See: Peter Murrell Reserve, Maria Island, and Cheltenham Reserve.
Other notes: Brachyscome spathulata subsp. glauca, Blue daisy, was reclassified back into the main species in 2014.

Bulbine glauca

Botanical Name: Bulbine glauca
Common Name: Bluish bulbine-lily
Family: Liliaceae
Size: 15-60cm H x 10-30cm W
Leaves: Tufted, succulent, linear tapering to a pointed tip, bluish green, furrowed to 30cm long.
Flowers: 6 yellow petals on a spike to 50cm tall, multiple flowers opening one at a time for a day or two each.
Flowering Time: Spring/summer
Fruit: A globular capsule containing many seeds.

Habitat/distribution: Tolerates wide range of conditions from coastal to alpine and rocky outcrops in wet sclerophyll forest. Also SA, Vic, NSW.
Where to See: Coastal track around Rosny Hill, Maria Island, Coningham Reserve, St Marys, Scamander, along NE coast, Launceston and many other places.
Other notes: The Golden bulbine-lily, Bulbine bulbosa, has a bulb like tuber, greener leaves and is rarer than the Bluish bulbine-lily.

Chamaescilla corymbosa

Botanical Name: Chamaescilla corymbosa var corymbosa
Common Name: Blue stars
Family: Liliaceae
Size: 10-15cm H x 10-20cm W
Leaves: Linear to 15cm long x 1.5-5cm w with hairy margins, tapering to a point, in a basal tuft that dies off in summer.
Flowers: 1 to 6, blue, with 6 rounded petals on a stalk up to 25cm h, twisting as the flower dies.
Flowering Time: Spring
Fruit: a 3 lobed capsule
Habitat/distribution: Moist sand or peaty heaths or light forest from sea level to 200m in the NW, NE, Midlands and SE. Also WA, SA, Vic, Qld.

Where to See: Cheltenham Reserve, Adventure Bay, Port Arthur, Northern Midlands, Rosny Hill, Howrah, George Town.
Other notes: Apparently short lived in cultivation in well drained, part sun areas. The only Chamaescilla species in Tasmania.