Acacia longifolia subsp. sophorae (seed)
Acacia longifolia subspecies sophorae is a sprawling shrub found behind coastal dunes and beaches and in woodlands on sandy soil. It is common along the coast of south eastern Australia. Species photo from WorldWideWattle.
The seeds were eaten by Aboriginals and by early settlers. The green pods were steamed or thrown in a fire and the seeds then picked out and eaten, tasting rather like green peas (Low T. Wild food Plants of Australia). Also reported to contain tryptamines.
Care and Cultivation
Scarification is required for Acacia longifolia subsp. sophorae seeds. 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.
25 seeds per packet (Sunshine Coast, QLD. provenance)