Acacia phlebophylla – Mt Buffalo Wattle (plant)
Acacia phlebophylla, a type of acacia also known by the names Buffalo Sallow Wattle and Mountain Buffalo Wattle, is a straggling shrub to small, twisted tree reaching up to 5 m in height. It is a close relative of Acacia alpina. It has large, elliptic, flat, commonly asymmetrical phyllodes 4-4 cm long, 1.5-6 cm wide, with coarse veins, a leathery feel, prominent nerves and reticulated veins. Deep yellow rod-like flowers appear in spring (June-December in Australia), widely scattered on spikes 4-7 cm long, followed by 7-10 cm long legumes in November-March, narrow, straight or slightly curved, releasing 5-10 elliptical seeds, 5-7.5 mm long. Solitary or twinned spikes, to 6 cm long. Only known from the high altitude granite slopes of Mount Buffalo National Park, Victoria, Australia, where it occurs above 350 meters in woodlands and heathland often amongst granite boulders (From Wikipedia).
Acacia phlebophylla contains tryptamines in the phyllodes. Acacia courtii is another mountain dwelling Acacia with significant tryptamines in the leaves and is easier in cultivation.
Care and Cultivation of Acacia phlebophylla
Acacia phlebophylla likes a well drained soil with sharp drainage in a full sun position. Our seedlings have been inoculated with the rhizobia bacteria (they live in root nodules and provide nitrogen to the plant) that will hopefully help them thrive, they certainly appear to be. They are also potted with a formulated mix that should see them do well in this pot for a season or two. See our blog for some more info on growing Acacia phlebophylla, click here.