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The genus Acacia, as it is understood at the present time includes Australia's wattles and is a very widely distributed genus of woody plants (trees, shrubs or very rarely prostrate creepers or lianes) with probably more than 1500-1600 species world-wide.
Most species have bright yellow flowers but some are cream or almost white and one species has purple flowers. The flowers of all species are quite small, usually less than 3 mm long. They are crowded into masses called heads or spikes. The flowers of most species are arranged in globular heads but many are in rod-like groups called spikes. The seeds are borne in pods.
The fruits and seeds of the wattles are generally thought of as being poisonous or inedible, there are, however, a few exceptions. Forty-seven sorts of wattle tree growing in southern Australia produce seeds which are suitable for human food. Some species are also used as stock food and are eaten by sheep.
Seeds form a staple food among many indigenous peoples. The aborigines ground the dried wattle seeds between stones to form a flour which was then baked as a damper. Wattle seed is in high demand for use as a ground product in pastries and breads and also as a flavouring in desserts, especially ice-cream. It is also used to produce a high quality coffee-like beverage.
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- [2005-04-08 7:49]
Hi Janice, I like the focus of the wattle seed, but the two leaves that right infront of it is bothering me a bit. :( ... lovely colour of the seed. TFS
- [2005-04-08 9:41]
Well done on this capture. Excelent composition. The not was interesting. TFS.
- [2005-04-08 14:44]
Agree with Sweety Janice - leaves on FG are bit disturbing. Looks similiar to acacia which I saw on Crimea. One of most beautifull trees with very fragile leaves. I like colours of those seeds. Do you cook it for Dave for dinner ;-) ?
Hello Janice! Lovely seeds with many colours. I like acacia tree, it has interesting shape and delicate leaves. Another beautifull picture from you :-)
Hello Janice Dunn,
Nice presentaion of the wattle seeds with a good explanation!i can see the leaves before the seeds not being sharp, but the DOF otherwise is good.best regards,