Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Acacia in spring - Alissa Duke

Acacia oxycedrus or Spike Wattle

I must admit that I had never seen one of these before (perhaps I was not looking very hard) . At first I thought it was a white callistemon , but a quick search corrected me. This acacia is a prickly, dense shrub up to 3 meters. The flowers are in cream spikes which occur in winter and spring. It is found in Australia in SA, Vic., NSW. This is from a local inner city Sydney area of land which , over the last few years, has been cleared of introduced species and weeds, and replanted with indigenous plant by our Landcare group,

I picked this from a shrub and put it in a glass of water at home. I sketched a bit on Sunday night and returned to it on Monday night to discover the flower spikes were beginning to blossum. This is truly a work in progress.


  1. Alissa, these are GORGEOUS. So delicate...I'm glad they opened so you could show both. What an interesting progression...

  2. I like these a lot, too. Did they have any scent? They look like they should.

  3. Thanks !

    Paula. You are right , they look like they could have a very heady scent, but they don't have one. However they certainly attact the bees.


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