Acacia denticulosaCommon name: Sandpaper Wattle, due to its rough leaves.
Family: FABACEAE (730 Genera)
Origin of Scientific Name
Acacia - A name used by Dioscorides (a Greek physician living in the first century AD) for some prickly species growing in Egypt, from acis (Greek) a pointed instrument.
denticulosa - denticulus (Latin) = small tooth, osus = abounding in.
Erect, spindly shrub 1 to 4 m high. Flowers: dense, golden-yellow, slightly curved spikes 2.5 to 8 cm long.
Found solely in Western Australia, populations are scattered from east of Mt Churchman, south to near Nungarin, and west to Wongan Hills, in the Avon districts of the Wheatbelt Region. Declared RARE flora (taxa which have been adequately searched for, and are deemed to be in the wild either rare, in danger of extinction, or otherwise in need of special protection).
July to October.
Easily raised from seed that has been doused in boiling water and soaked in the cooled water for 12-48 hours before sowing. The plant prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny location. Like most wattles, it responds well to pruning.
View in Kings Park
You may view this plant in the Acacia Garden or the Wheatbelt Flora beds along Lovekin Drive. To help locate these sites, you may download the Western Australian Botanic Garden Guide brochure via our brochures page.
Read more about Acacias and the Acacia Garden here.