Callicoma serratifolia Andrews

Black Wattle

Tall shrub or tree to 15 m or so tall, young shoots often with reddish hair. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, mostly 5-10 cm long, 2-4 cm wide with large marginal teeth, dark green above, white- or rusty-haired below; stipules to 5 mm long. Flowers in more or less spherical heads, 1-2 cm wide; spring to early summer. Sepals 4-5, free. Petals absent. Ovary superior, with 2-3 chambers. Fruit a capsule.

Grown for the attractive foliage and unusual globular flowers and occurring naturally from S Qld to the Blue Mtns in NSW.

Qld, NSW.

Young shoots used by early settlers for wattle and daub huts, hence common name. The pink timber is sometimes used commercially.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Cunoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Oxalidales
family       Cunoniaceae
genus        Callicoma Andrews