prostrate acacia, bank catclaw
This decorative blue-leaved acacia with puffy yellow flowers in spring (Pea family) spreads as a dense ground cover, reaching a foot or so in height. Because it hardly requires water, it is well suited to the steep embankment on the uphill section of Mayfield Avenue and on the bank opposite 822 Lathrop Drive. It also grows on Campus Drive West, just north of Santa Teresa Street. If plants continue to do well, more may be expected in the future.
Name derivation: Acacia – Greek akis, a sharp point; redolens – exuding fragrance, scented, aromatic
Related material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet, List 15, Page 9 (PDF).
About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the text c. 2005.