Tree occasionally reaching 12 metres in height, though often less. ‘Leaves’ (phyllodes) are long (up to 18 centimetres) and curved or sickle-shaped and have 3 or more prominent longitudinal veins. The phyllodes often hang sharply downwards. Flower heads are globular and whitish to pale yellow. Pods are long, narrow and twisted or coiled. The seeds are attached to the pods by a large fleshy structure called a funicle and remain suspended from the pods for a short period. Very prone to disfiguring insect galls.
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.
Chiefly December to April, though irregular flowering out of season is known.
Often forms very dense stands by suckering, especially by roadsides. Common near Tarcutta and Murraguldrie. Occurs on Pine Gully Rd, Marrar Rd, the CSU campus, Willans Hill and many other sites.
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