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Acacia amoena Wendl.f.

Half hardy, bushy shrub with bipinnate, bluntish oblong, blue-green phyllodes and axillary racemes of bright yellow flowers in compact, round heads in spring.  To 2m.  [FNSW, Beadle].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘[Acacia subcaerulea is] Said to be a native of the tropical part of New Holland.  Our drawing was made in the conservatory of the Comtesse de Vandes, in June 1826.  A handsome species, remarkable for the fine copious blue bloom with which it is covered. […] The immediate affinity of this plant is with the Acacia amoena of Wendland.’  [BR f.1075/1827].  Introduced to Britain in 1820.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.12/1850].  Occurs in the Blue Mountains of NSW in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland [FNSW, Beadle] and probably collected there.


Published Nov 21, 2009 - 03:38 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 03:46 PM

Figured are blunt, bluish-green phyllodes and round heads of yellow flowers.  Botanical Register f.1075, 1827.

Acacia amoena Wendl. | BR f.1075/1827 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia

  • Acacia subcaerulea Lindl.
  • Racosperma subcaeruleum (Lindl.) Pedley 
Common Name

Boomerang Wattle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Acacia subcaerulea 

Confidence level high