Cootamundra acacia

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cootamundra acacia
Acacia baileyana

Acacia baileyana

Eurosiden I
Order : Fabales (Fabales)
Family : Legumes (Fabaceae)
Subfamily : Mimosa family (Mimosoideae)
Genre : Acacia ( Acacia )
Type : Cootamundra acacia
Scientific name
Acacia baileyana
( F.Muell. )

The Cootamundra acacia or Baileys acacia ( Acacia baileyana ) is a species of acacia native to New South Wales . It is a broadly growing evergreen tree that is fast-growing and short-lived. It is between 5 and 8 m high. Due to its strongly fragrant, golden yellow inflorescences, it is often planted as an ornamental plant in temperate to warm climates .

The acacia species is native to New South Wales in southern Australia, but is now found in many other Australian states as well. It belongs to the subfamily of the mimosa family (Mimosoideae) within the legume family (Fabaceae). The species is named in honor of the botanist Frederick Manson Bailey (1827–1915).

A creeping cultivar in Illawarra Grevillea Park, Bulli , New South Wales.


It is a fast-growing shrub or small tree that reaches heights of 4 to 8 meters. The mostly silvery foliage leaves are double-pinnate, there are always four to a maximum of four pairs of second-order pinnacles. Acacias work through their inflorescences . The small flowers are yellow, mainly the yellow stamens act . The species has extra-floral nectaries .

The number of chromosomes is 2n = 26.

Use and culture

The Cootamundra acacia is easy to grow from the long viable seeds . The seeds are poured with boiling water and soaked for 24 hours.

The plant needs a well-drained, not too moist soil and is not winter hardy .

Ornamental plant

The Cootamundra acacia is particularly popular as an ornamental plant in Australia . There are a few varieties, the best known being Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'.


Individual evidence

  1. Brief description of the species, with a drawing of a double-pinnate leaf. (engl.)
  2. ^ Acacia baileyana at In: IPCN Chromosome Reports . Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

Web links

Commons : Cootamundra Acacia ( Acacia baileyana )  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files