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Acacia victoriae - Benth

Common Name Bramble wattle. Gundabluey, Bardi bush
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in a variety of habitats on plains and gentle slopes, frequently in sandy soils along watercourses; also on stony ridges and coastal dunes; at elevations up to 750 metres[286 , 418 ].
Range Australia - all mainland states.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Acacia victoriae Bramble wattle. Gundabluey, Bardi bush


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Acacia victoriae Bramble wattle. Gundabluey, Bardi bush
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Acacia victoriae is an evergreen Shrub growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Bees.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Acacia coronalis J.M.Black Acacia hanniana Domin Acacia sentis F.Muell. ex Benth. Racosperma victoriae (Benth.) Pedley

Habitats

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[301 ]. A delicious flavour[301 ]. The seed can be dried and ground into a powder then used with wheat flour etc when making bread and cakes[301 ]. The dark, rich flour produced from the seed is of high quality with overtones of coffee and chicory in the flavour[301 ]. The roasted seed can be used as a coffee substitute[301 ].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: The plant is useful as a low windbreak and for soil stabilisation in dry country, especially as it can readily regenerate from suckers and sometimes forms thickets[286 ]. It can be used for sand dune stabilization[418 ]. Numbers may increase markedly during a succession of wet seasons and it can become a nuisance, especially around watering points[286 ]. Other Uses: The branches and twigs exude a clear gum[418 ]. The wood is used for fuel[418 ]. The seeds have also been used as fodder, being a good source of protein.

Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen;  Agroforestry Services: Windbreak;  Historic Staple;  Management: Coppice;  Management: Standard;  New Crop;  Other Systems: FMAFS;  Staple Crop: Protein.

A plant of the arid and semi-arid warm temperate to tropical areas of Australia, where it is found at elevations up to 750 metres[418 ]. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 12 - 32c, but can tolerate 5 - 38c[418 ]. Mature plants can be killed by temperatures of -10c or lower, though young growth can be killed at -1c[418 ]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 300 - 800mm, but tolerates 100 - 1,000mm[418 ]. Grows best in a sunny position[418 ]. Succeeds in most soils, being able to tolerate occasional short-term inundation[418 ]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 7.5, tolerating 5 - 8.5[418 ]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[418 ]. The tree has the potential to become a weed when grown in moister climates outside its native range[418 ]. The plant responds very well to coppicing[418 ]. Trees are relatively short-lived, with a probable lifespan of 10 - 15 years[418 ]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200 ]. Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

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Propagation

The seed of most, if not all, members of this genus has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Aliti, Atunpa, Elegant wattle, Ngatuppa, Prickly wattle

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa, Asia, Australia, Iran, Israel, Libya, North Africa, Pakistan.

Weed Potential

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The tree has the potential to become a weed when grown in moister climates outside its native range[418].

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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