Seed is protected by a hard seed coat which must be broken (either by nicking, abrading, or soaking briefly in near-boiling water) before it will germinate. Germinates readily after treatment. May also grow from cuttings.
May flower at any time of the year. Some populations appear to favour a particular season.
Most common along roadsides west of Wagga Wagga, where it is occasionally dominant. Forms dense stands by suckering.
The bark of garal is covered in fine hairs and has been used in string and rope making.
The bark was used to make a fish poison.
This garal flowers year round and as such provides a complete seed food source across all months of the year. Seeds can be eaten after roasting or boiling, or can be ground and cooked as a flour.
* The critical factor in using plants for food is to avoid accidental poisoning. Eat only those plants you can positively identify and you know are safe to eat. All food details on this website are not based on toxicology reports or scientific knowledge, we make no claim to advice on bush survival in these information bites, only to represent the common perception.
There is evidence of the bark of this garal being used for medicine, but no exact usage notes are available.