A.leiocalyx.JPG (41640 bytes)Acacia leiocalyx: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Early Flowering Black Wattle.

Acacia leiocalyx is a large spreading shrub or small tree with angular, reddish branchlets. The phyllodes (modified leaf stalks) are sickle-shaped, 8 to 15 centimetres long and up to 4 centimetres wide. Each phyllode has 3 to 5 longitudinal veins.

The flower heads are rod-shaped, up to 18 centimetres long, pale yellow and carried either singly or in pairs at the base of each phyllode. Flowering occurs from April to October. Seeds pods are up to 10 centimetres long, twisted and narrow.

Acacia leiocalyx occurs in south-east Queensland through northern New South Wales to the Sydney region.

The Early Flowering Black Wattle is a handsome plant with attractive foliage and large, flower spikes.

The specimen illustrated was growing in sandstone country near Warialda north-west of Yallaroo. The photograph was taken in August 2007.

Propagate from seed and probably cuttings.