Description.
Tree occasionally reaching 12 metres in height, though often less. ‘Leaves’ (phyllodes) are long (up to 18 centimetres) and curved or sickle-shaped and have 3 or more prominent longitudinal veins. The phyllodes often hang sharply downwards. Flower heads are globular and whitish to pale yellow. Pods are long, narrow and twisted or coiled. The seeds are attached to the pods by a large fleshy structure called a funicle and remain suspended from the pods for a short period. Very prone to disfiguring insect galls.
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.
Chiefly December to April, though irregular flowering out of season is known.
Locations.
Often forms very dense stands by suckering, especially by roadsides. Common near Tarcutta and Murraguldrie. Occurs on Pine Gully Rd, Marrar Rd, the CSU campus, Willans Hill and many other sites.
Wiradjuri Name: Gidya

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Utility.

The branches and trunk of gidya where the wood is densest is very strong and records indicate it being used by some groups to make boomerangs and digging tools. The cracked grey bark is used to make string or chord to hold tools together.

The bark of gidya was used to make a fish poison.

Food Uses*.

There is evidence that the seeds of gidya were ground in to a flour and made in to cakes. Seeds of this garal need to be removed from their pods, some groups suggest that the seed pod of this particular wattle should not be eaten.

* 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.

The bark of gidya was used as medicine, but no specific details of its use have been documented.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery