= Acacia ongerup
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Low spreading shrub, +/- 1 m. tall, spreading 5 meters; phyllodia simple,
alternate, glabrous, gray green, oblanceolate, to 6.5 cm. long, 2.2 cm. wide,
with +/-11 longitudinal veins, the center one being slightly more prominent,
sweetly scented; petioles 3 mm. long, stipules none; fls. globose, .5 mm. in
dia., in axillary racemes of 3-5 heads, pale yellow; fr. +/- 4 cm. long, brown,
3 mm. wide, constricted between seeds, curved; seeds dark brown, shiny, 3.5 mm.
long, 1.3 mm. wide.
Escape from cultivation. Blooms
March to May locally.
Aca-cia, from Greek meaning a
point or thorn, referring to the parts often spinescent.
(Bailey 590). Latin, redolens,
emitting an odor. (Jaeger 218).
Uncommon in the study area where it has escaped from a bank planting on
the northerly side of upper Big Canyon. Found
near the fresh water marsh in lower Big Canyon. (my comment).
Huxley describes A. redolens as a dense shrub 3-8 m. tall and hybrid Prostrata as
being dense and low with phyllodes a strong golden green.
(Huxley, Vol. I 16).
Gum arabic comes from Acacia
arabica, it is used medicinally in poultices which retain warmth and
moisture, thus proving relaxing. It
absorbs discharges, and is excellent to use with the powdered herbs for
poultices. Taken internally it
lubricates mucous membranes, is soothing in inflamed conditions such as
inflammation of stomach, bowels, uterus and vagina.
(Kloss 189). For additional information on Acacia
uses see A. cyanophylla.
Bailey 590; Sunset Editors, New Western Garden Book 1984 Edition
164; Sunset Editors, New Western Garden
Book 1995 Edition 134.
Jan-Mar 96 # 19,19,20; May 2 96 # 5.
Identity: by Rik Katzmaier,
confirmed by R. De Ruff.
First Found: March 1996.
Computer Ref: Plant Data 497.
Plant specimen donated to UC Riverside in 2004.
Last edit 8/4/05.
March Photo May Photo