Description.
An upright shrub or tree reaching 8 metres in height, though 3-5 m is more common. The ‘leaves’ (phyllodes) are large (8-20 centimetres in length), broadly sickle-shaped or rounded and often quite dark. The large, globular, golden-yellow flower heads are produced in dense clusters and often provide a spectacular display. These are followed by long, mostly straight pods which become papery 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.
July to October. Some flowers may appear as early as June and persist as late as November.
Locations.
Willans Hill, Pomingalarna, Red Hill, Mates Gully TSR, Mundarlo Rd, Keajura Rd, Holbrook Rd near Gelston Park, Millwood Rd.
Wiradjuri Name: Garal

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Utility.

The branches and trunk of this garal is very tough and was widely used in tool making.

Food Uses*.

The resin of this garal was used by some Wiradjuri groups in the making and forming of tools. Similarly the resin when still moist (not hardened) was used as a food source.

* 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.

Some Wiradjuri groups used this plant for medicinal applications but no specific uses have been noted.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery