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Blackdown Tableland Wattle or Gittins Wattle
Characteristics: Shrub 1-2 m
Seeds per packets: Approx 25
A slender graceful shrub growing from 1-2m with a very attractive weeping habit and masses of bright yellow flowers that occur in 6 to 15-headed racemes 2 to 5 cm in length during the months of spring.
Adult foliage is comprised of narrow leaves phyllode (leaves) that are 1 to 3 cm in length and 0.6 to 1 mm in length.
Occurs naturally in only a small area of the Central Highlands region of Queensland. Threatened in the wild.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.