Flowering and fruiting period: July – February
Habitat: Grown as avenue tree, also raised in plantations
Uses: The germinating seeds can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Gums are
sometimes taken internally in the treatment of diarrhoea and haemorrhoids. The tree
is widely grown to provide pulp for the paper industry.
Key Characters: Trees, to 30 m high, bark pale grey-brown. Phyllode simple;
petiole stout, pulvinate; lamina elliptic-oblong, margin entire. Flowers
bisexual, white, in loose axillary spikes; calyx gamosepalous; corolla
gamopetalous, deeply lobed; stamens many; filaments free; ovary superior,
puberulous. Fruit a pod, woody, twisting into spiral cluster.