Prickly Moses, Juniper Wattle, Prickly Moses.
Refers to the gorse-like foliage (Ulex genus).
Presence in Australia
Locally in Murrumbidgee areas Snowball-Stony; Gilmore "Lower Reaches"; Sandy and Gocup. Primarily east of Hume Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas.
Dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, usually on sandy soil.
Spreading to erect shrub 50cm to 2m high. Smooth grey bark, resinous hairy branchlets and more or less rigid and straight pointed "leaves" 8-15 mm long.
Moist well-drained light to heavy soil. Dappled shade or partial sun. Tolerates frost.
Short-lived. Hardy. Fast-growing.
Pale yellow to almost white, usually Apr-Oct.
Mid Oct to late Jan.
From scarified seed or cuttings. Pour boiling water over seeds and soak for several hours before drying and sowing.
From seed. particularly after fire.
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.
Prickly foliage good refuge for small birds. Flowers are a pollen source for native moths, butterflies and other insects, and nectar source for birds such as honeyeaters. Seed a food source for parrots and native pigeons.
Useful barrier, screen or hedge with attractive foliage, for low maintenance areas. Hardy and adaptable.