Acacia melanoxylon—Blackwood—FABACEAE.

Acacia melanoxylon

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Habitat—In and on the margins of all main types of Rainforests

Distribution—Tasmania to North Queensland

Description—Medium to large tree to 45m in Victoria and Tasmania, to 18m in northern NSW. The tallest of Australia's Acacias living to over 100 years. Trunk usually cylindrical, sometimes shortly buttressed or fluted. Bark grey brown, fissured, hard, scaly, shedding in narrow verticle pieces. New growth soft and fern-like.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head Flora Park, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Phyllodes, simple, alternate, entire, with oil dots and two or more longitudinal veins. 6 to 10 cm long, 6 to 25 mm wide, apex tapered to a rounded tip, base narrowed with longitudinal veins and a raised gland on the upper margin near base.

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Acacia melanoxylon

Inflorescence— In heads, pale yellow

Flowering.—September to January

Fruit—In a coiled twisted narrow flattened pod, 4 to 12 cm x 8 mm wide. Seeds black, oval, connected to the pod by a long red aril.

Ripe.—February to May

Acacia melanoxylon