Description.
Bushy shrub or tree to 4 metres tall (occasionally taller). The ferny, bipinnate leaves are bright green or yellow-green, especially when young. The globular flowers are generally pale yellow and are scattered across the plant. These are followed by long (to 12 centimetres) pods which are strongly constricted between the seeds. The pods turn dark at maturity.
Propagation.
Seed is protected by a hard seed coat which must be broken (either by nicking, abrading, or soaking briefly in near-boiling water) before it will germinate. Germinates readily after treatment. May also grow from cuttings.
Flowering.
May flower at any time of the year. Some populations appear to favour a particular season.
Locations.
Most common along roadsides west of Wagga Wagga, where it is occasionally dominant. Forms dense stands by suckering.
Wiradjuri Name: Garal

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Utility.

The bark of garal is covered in fine hairs and has been used in string and rope making.

The bark was used to make a fish poison.

Food Uses*.

This garal flowers year round and as such provides a complete seed food source across all months of the year. Seeds can be eaten after roasting or boiling, or can be ground and cooked as a flour.

* The critical factor in using plants for food is to avoid accidental poisoning. Eat only those plants you can positively identify and you know are safe to eat. All food details on this website are not based on toxicology reports or scientific knowledge, we make no claim to advice on bush survival in these information bites, only to represent the common perception.

Medicinal Uses.

There is evidence of the bark of this garal being used for medicine, but no exact usage notes are available.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery