Acacia terminalis (Salisb.) J.F.Macbr.
Frost-hardy, dense shrub or small tree with leaves composed of 2-6 pairs of pinnae, each bearing up to 12 pairs of leaflets, and rounded heads of cream to deep yellow flowers in long racemes, often forming a large terminal panicle, in autumn and winter. To 3m. [RHSD, Hortus, FNSW].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘This elegant plant was one of the earliest that was introduced from NSW, having been raised from some of the first seeds which were brought home from thence.’ [LBC no.601/1822]. ‘Flowers in all seasons. Propagated by cuttings. Introduced in 1788, by the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks.’ [BM t. 1750/1815]. ABR pl.235/1802.
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.7/1850]. Widespread on sandstone in the Sydney region [Beadle, FNSW] and probably collected locally.
Acacia discolor Whitley ex Steud. (1840) = Acacia prismatica Hoffmans.
It seems likely that Macarthur collected native species as much to barter with his overseas contacts as for decorating his own garden.
Published Feb 16, 2009 - 08:43 AM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 03:47 PM
|Region of origin||
Eastern and Southern Australia
|Name in the Camden Park Record||