Thursday, August 11, 2011

Acacia bark - Acacia decurrens

Family : Mimosaceae

Acacia decurrens (Acacia bark, Early black braid, braid Green, Sydney basketry, bark Wattle) is a perennial tree or shrub from eastern New South Wales. Including Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area, the Hunter Valley and south-west to the Australian Capital Territory.

It is grown in Australia and throughout the world, and has naturalized in most Australian states and also in Africa, America, Europe, New Zealand and the Pacific, the Indian Ocean region, and Japan. It grows to a height of 2-10m and flowers from July to September

Used to include chemical products, environmental management and wood. The flowers are edible and are used in fritters. An edible gum oozes from the trunk of the tree and can be used as a lower quality substitute for gum arabic, for example in the production of fruit jelly. Of the tree bark has astringent properties, but it must be stored for one year before it can be used. It is used as an anti-diarrhea medicine. The bark contains about 37-40% tannin. The flowers are yellow dye used to produce the seed pods are used to produce green dye. An organic chemical called kaempferol is what gives the flowers of Acacia decurrens their color.
Ecology :

      Woodland habitat.
      Occasionally in the forest at the Australian Botanic Garden, but especially in the Flat River Forest.
      Colonizer, possibly introduced during construction of the canal early 20th century.
      Recruitment mainly after fire.
      Unripe fruits are eaten by cockatoos Cacatua galerita.

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