Acacia holosericea (seed)
Acacia holosericea is a shrub or tree from 3 – 8 metres tall. Widespread in northern Australia, extending from near Derby Western Australia, east across the Northern Territory to near Rockhampton in eastern Qld. Grows in sometimes gravelly sand or loam, commonly forming communities along watercourses (WorldWideWattle).
Reported to contain 1.2% Hordenine in the stem bark. Hordenine is a myocardial stumulant and in small doses an intestinal relaxant; in larger doses as an intestinal stimulant (McCarthy & Lassak, 2001). Phyllodes, bark and pods are used traditionally by N.T. Aborigines for pruritic skin conditions, headache and tropical infection (WorldWideWattle).
Care and Cultivation Scarification is required. Pour just boiled water over the seeds and allow to soak for a few hours to overnight. Plant 5mm under the surface of a well drained seed raising mix in full sun. Keep moist until germination.
Prefers a loam/gravel soil. Well drained soil, fast growing and hardy. Likes a full sun position and is tolerant of dry conditions once established.
30 seeds per packet