Currawang, Spearwood, Lancewood, Myall.
From Greek doratos, spear, and xylon, wood, because the Kooris made spears from the wood.
Presence in Australia
Rocky outcrops of the following areas Urana-Rand-Corowa; Narrandera-Morundah-Galore-Collingullie; Burrumbuttock-West Hume; Bowna-Jindera; Walla Walla; Yambla; Holbrook; Upper Back & Upper Jerra Jerra; Ten Mile; The Rock-Henty-Milbrulong; Brookong; Upper Sandy; Buckargingah; Burkes-Graveyard; Lower Kyeamba & Main; O"Briens South & McLeods; Upper Kyeamba and Keajura.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
Eucalypt and Callitris woodland on rocky ridges and mallee on red sand.
Erect or spreading tree or shrub, 3-8m high. Dense crown of olive-green narrow "leaves".
Well-drained soil in open situations. Frost and drought tolerant. Semi-shade to full sun.
Stock occasionally eat the foliage. Slow-growing but long-lived.
Bright yellow, usually Aug-Nov.
Early Dec-late Jan. Monitor closely, as seeds dropped soon after maturity.
From scarified seed (±100 viable seeds per gram). Pour boiling or very hot water over seed and soak for several hours before drying and sowing.
From seed, particularly after fire.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Good growth in rocky erodible soil and on recharge areas. Legume, improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Excellent, produces a hot fire.
Dark brown, very hard and heavy. Pleasantly perfumed when freshly cut. Resembles Blackwood (A. melanoxylon) timber, but is heavier and less-grained. Tends to split, but still valuable for furniture.
Good habitat. Provides pollen for native moths, butterflies and other insects, which attract insect-eating birds. Appears to be the most prolific pollen producer of all wattles. Birds including parrots and native pigeons eat seeds.
Spears reputedly made from the wood.
Attractive specimen for gardens.