Acacia baileyana. COOTAMUNDRA WATTLE. New South Wales
LEGUMINOSAE (Pea family)

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shapely tree with silvery foliage and masses of brilliant golden flowers in baileyana late winter. It can be separated from green wattle and silver wattle by having Leguminosae four (occasionally five) pairs of pinnae (the major segments into which (Bean family) the leaf is divided). Each pinna is further subdivided into many tiny silvery flat pinnules about ¼-inch long. Just below the point of attachment of each pair of pinnae there is a gland with a dark spot that is visible from the upper surface of the pinnae. This small tree is a candidate, with Cassia eremophila, for first prize among yellow-flowered trees. See it at 880 Lathrop Drive. Three are south of The Knoll behind the west-most of two trailer annexes, several more are near Escondido Road and Blackwelder Ct. intersection, and a single tree is on the southwest side of Lake Lagunita (located on map).

Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Other campus Acacias: Acacia baileyana | Acacia dealbata | Acacia longifolia | Acacia melanoxylon | Acacia notes | Acacia pravissima | Acacia redolens | Acacia retinodes | Acacia verticillata

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Name derivation, genus | species Greek akis, a sharp point | after A.M. Bailey (1827-1915), Australian botanist

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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