A.rupicola.JPG (45202 bytes)Acacia rupicola: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Rock Wattle. This is an appropriate common name because the species name means “of rocky areas”.
Acacia rupicola is a small, rigid, upright shrub with slightly sticky foliage and stems. Phyllodes are about two centimetres long with a single vein, pungent point (sharply pointed) and a gland near the base. Young foliage and buds are resinous.
Globular flower heads are cream to yellow and appear between August to January and sometimes later. The specimen illustrated is growing in our gardens and flowered for the first time in October 2006.
Acacia rupicola is similar to the well-known Acacia ulicifolia (Prickly Moses) group of Wattles but is distinguished from them by its sticky appearance.
The Rock Wattle would be a colourful addition to native cottage gardens and rockeries. Just keep plants away from the borders as the foliage is a trifle prickly.
Prune after flowering.
Acacia rupicola is found in Victoria and South Australia.
Propagate from seed and cuttings.