Ploughshare Wattle, Dog"s Tooth Wattle, Ploughshare.
Acacia gunnii, Racosperma gunnii, Acacia vomiferous.
Gunnii, after R.C. Gunn, early Tasmanian botanist.
Presence in Australia
Noted in various catchments and districts east of the Olympic Highway, from Albury district to Bringenbrong-Khancoban district.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Sclerophyll communities on various soils.
Spreading or sprawling to erect shrub, 1-2m high, with hairy branchlets.
Well-drained light to heavy soils, partial shade or full sun. Tolerates frost and dryness once established.
Golden-yellow to almost white, usually Jul-Oct.
Late Nov to early Jan. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or within 1-2 days of maturity.
From scarified seed or cuttings. Pour boiling or very hot water over seeds and soak for several hours before sowing.
From seed, particularly after fire. Shortage of seed usually precludes establishment through direct seeding.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful in controlling soil erosion due to soil-binding fibrous roots. Legume, improves soil fertility by "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. Flowers are a nectar and pollen source for various native birds and insects.
Useful groundcover for rockeries.