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#1 Shamanistic

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

One skill I wish to work on is my ability to identify acacias and so I thought I would take a very breif walk through the bush on the way to a friends house and see if I could ID any of the acacias I found. This is my first ever time at IDing so I could be right off. Most the ones I photographed were ones I thought were active. I am not interested in extracting any of the alkoloids this is purely for ID, plus all the specimens I found were too small to take enough to extract from imo anyway.

Specimen 1 - Acacia Floribunda?
http://img843.images...31/acacia11.jpg
http://img337.images...36/acacia12.jpg

I thought this one was acacia floribunda due to the elongated leaves and the 3 veins in the leaves. The last two photos are a close up of a small branch I snapped off. This tree was not flowering as is expected with Floribunda this time of year.


Specimen 2 - Acacia ?
http://img210.images...84/acacia21.jpg
http://img208.images...54/acacia24.jpg
http://img217.images...25/acacia23.jpg

At first I thought this was Longifolia but I am not so sure after thinking about it. This one is about to flower. One thing that makes me not sure is it looks like it will flower in a ball shape rather than the rod shape which I don't believe Longifolia do.


Specimen 3 - Acacia Longifolia?
http://img217.images...57/acacia31.jpg
http://img803.images...17/acacia32.jpg

This one I believe maybe longifolia, it has the rod flowering shape (atleast I think it does, remember I am completely new to this).


Specimen 4 - Acacia ?
http://img6.imagesha...44/acacia41.jpg
http://img716.images...29/acacia42.jpg

I believe this is the same acacia as 2 - same flower shape, same phyllode colour and shape.


Specimen 5 - Acacia Floribunda?
http://img560.images...00/acacia51.jpg
http://img600.images...83/acacia52.jpg

Has 3 main veins and the phyllodes are fairly elongated and not flowering. The phyllodes are a little obtuse so it could be obtusifolia too?


Specimen 6 - Acacia Obtusifolia?
http://img6.imagesha...44/acacia61.jpg
http://img88.imagesh...59/acacia62.jpg

It was the redish colour in the stem which made me think obtusifolia because I have seen an obtusifolia before and it had the same red. Not sure if the red was on the leaves or the stem though.

Specimen 7 - Acacia ?
http://img3.imagesha...15/acacia71.jpg
http://img528.images...16/acacia72.jpg

I thought perhaps Floribunda but now that I look at the photos and noticed the circlular flowers starting which is not consistent with what I know about Floribunda so now I'm not sure.


I had fun looking around in my 15 minute walk in the bush, something I plan on doing more often for longer.

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#2 Les Hiddins

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:01 PM

Where abouts in the Hunter? Coastal? inland?

2 & 4 look like A. falcata to me

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:22 PM

1st would say looks like floribunda, curvature of the leaves does look a bit like a young malanoxylon


last one is definitely acacia malanoxylon

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:06 AM

I'm on the coast Les :) I just had a look at some Acacia Falcata pictures and that's definitely what 2 and 4 are imo.

Thanks for your help on the ID of number 7 bulls. After having a look at some melanoxylon information it seemed to match the plant pretty well. The plant was quite young, I'm not sure if it would be old enough to flower yet so maybe #1 is infact a melanoxylon.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:12 AM

1. implexa, 2.falcata, 3 probably longifolia, 4 falcata, 5 longifolia probably 6 longifolia, 7 implexa