Acacia falciformis: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Broad-leaved Hickory.
Acacia falciformis is a small tree that may reach a height of 10 metres. The bark is thick and rough. The phyllodes are sickle-shaped with a conspicuous central vein. There is a prominent gland about 10–20 millimetres above the base of the phyllode (see right hand image). A vein runs from the phyllode base to this gland. Pale yellow, globular flowers are carried on the ends of branches and at the base of phyllodes. Plants become massed with blooms. Flowering occurs in late spring and summer with sporadic flowering at other times.
Acacia falciformis is widely distributed and is found along the Australian east coast and tablelands from eastern Victoria through New South Wales to southern Queensland.
The specimen illustrated was growing in the Lithgow area, west of Sydney. The species was common along roadsides in the area. The photograph was taken in early November 2007.
Acacia falciformis is a useful Wattle because it blooms out of the usual spring-flowering period.
The Broad-leaved Hickory would make a colourful addition to shelterbelts and windbreaks.
Propagate from seed.