Montana, from Latin montanus, pertaining to or growing on mountains, referring to mountainous habitat, although it occurs more widely on slopes and plains.
Presence in Australia
Widespread on lighter soils, predominantly west of the Hume Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA.
Mallee, on sandy red earths. Also stony ridges and on heavy clay soils.
Erect or spreading shrub 1-3.5m high. Fissured grey bark, angled or flattened branchlets and straight sticky "leaves".
Well-drained light to heavy soil, in partial or full sun. Tolerates frost.
Golden-yellow, usually Aug-Nov. Abundant.
Mid-Nov to mid-Dec.
From scarified seed or cuttings.
From seed and coppice after fire.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover in windbreaks.
Legume - improves soil fertility by "fixing" nitrogen.
Useful ornamental for hot dry areas, road batters and low maintenance sites. Very hardy and attractive.