Acacia verticillata. Prickly Moses. South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, N.S.W.
LEGUMINOSAE (Pea family)
Light airy foliage gives this plant a pleasing appearance. The phyllodes take the form of soft needles less than an inch long grouped in whorls. They are prickly enough to be handled gingerly (but not like kangaroo thorn, which can hardly be handled at all); this acacia is one of those known locally in Australia as prickly Moses (a corruption of mimosa). The plant became a conservatory favorite in cold climates. An example on Campus Drive, north of the Cogen Facility, was lost recently to road realignment.
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.
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Name derivation, genus | species Greek akis, a sharp point | whorled (the phyllodes)Related material: