Acacia pravissima
Ovens wattle

Fabaceae (pea family)
Victoria, New South Wales
Acacia pravissima leaves and fruit. From An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino

A small tree with slender weeping branches clothed with half-moon shaped phyllodes about ¼ to ½ inch long with a tiny mucro. The phyllodes resemble those of A. cultriformis but are clear green, not gray. There is a gland on the curved edge of the leaf, near the base.

A 20-foot specimen that flowered profusely from late winter until early summer died at age 30 (not unusual for wattles) in the Stanford Avenue greenbelt. I visited the native haunt in the Ovens Valley and found abundant plants, few over 8 feet. As is noticeable elsewhere, a species that is a specialist at occupying a locally restricted, diffcult habitat may excel in other places where protected from competition.

Several specimens were planted in 2013 in close proximity across the sidewalk and opposite the Callistemon ‘Little John’ where Bonair Siding crosses the center divider of Campus Drive. These Ovens wattles were blooming January, 2014.

Name derivation: Acacia – Greek akis, a sharp point; pravissima – crooked (the phyllodes).

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added the Bonair locations (2014).