Kettlewelliae, after Agnes Kettlewell, 1866-1936, an early official of the Wattle Day League.
Presence in Australia
Chiefly south of Tumut, and east of Hume Highway. Noted in the areas Paddy"s River-Burra Valley; Tooma and Gilmore "upper reaches".
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA.
Dry sclerophyll forest on granite hillsides and in gullies, 700-1000m elevation.
Erect or spreading shrub or small tree, 2-9m high. Flattened or angled branchlets.
May be confused with Western Golden Wattle (A. decora), which has golden pubescent peduncles (hairy flower stalks).
Well-drained medium to heavy soils in partial or full sun. Tolerates frost.
From scarified seed.
By root suckering, from soil-stored seed after disturbance, such as fire, ripping and ploughing, and from cut stumps. Disturbance reduces competition for moisture and light, and enhances germination. Establishes well when direct seeded.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover in windbreaks. Useful shade.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Attractive. Should be useful for cool-area gardens. Good foliage.