Silver Wattle
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Silver Wattle
E Naturalized Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Silver Wattle
Botanical name: Acacia dealbata    Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Synonyms: Mimosa dealbata, Racosperma dealbatum

Silver Wattle is a fast-growing evergreen tree or shrub growing up to 30 m tall, typically a pioneer species after fire. The leaves are double compound, glaucous blue-green to silvery grey, and the leaves are fern-like, 1-12 cm long and 1-11 cm broad, with 6-30 pairs of sidestalks each sidestalk divided into 10-68 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are 0.7-6 mm long and 0.4-1 mm broad. The flowers are produced in large raceme-like inflorescences made up of numerous smaller spherical bright yellow flower-heads of 13-42 individual flowers. The fruit is a flattened pod 2-11.5 cm long and 6-14 mm broad, containing several seeds. The specied name dealbata means "covered in a white powder". Silver Wattle is native to SE, Australia, widely cultivated in warm countries.

Identification credit: Ajender Singh, Sunit Singh Photographed in Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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