|Acacia salicina subsp. var.||Cooba, Coobah, Native willow|
Common names include Cooba, Native Willow, Willow Wattle, Broughton Willow,Sally Wattle and Black Wattle.
It is a large shrub or small evergreen tree growing 3 to 20 m tall. It has a life span of about 10–15 years. In the Northern Hemisphere, Acacia salicina flowers primarily from October to January and the seed pods are often visible from April to July. The tree's seeds are shiny, black and have a crimson appendage-like aril. Acacia salicina is "closely related" to Acacia ligulata and Acacia bievenosa.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Acacia salicina, Lindl. Small tree; branches drooping: foliage pale; phyll. 2-5 in. long, 1/4-1/2in. wide, oblong-linear or lanceolate, narrowed at base, thick, rigid, with a curved point; midrib and marginal veins scarcely prominent: racemes short, often reduced to 2 or 3 heads, or even only 1; peduncles slender; fls. about 20 in the head: pods straight, 1-3 in. long, 1/4in. broad, valves convex, hard and thick; seeds longitudinal; funicle thickened and usually scarlet almost from the base, forming several folds under the seed.—The timber is dark brown and tough, taking a high polish. It is a good forage plant and on this account is becoming scarce in the wild state.
Var. Wayae, Maiden. A shrub 8 ft. tall, which blooms sparingly at various times during the year: phyll. somewhat thick (flat when dried) and succulent-looking, oblong-linear, narrowed at base, l 1/2-2 1/2in. long, less than 1/4in. wide; 1 central nerve ending in oblique point; gland below middle: fls. solitary or in pairs, or occasionally in short racemes of 3-5 fls.; sepals united, truncate; petals 5: pod 1-2 in. long, less than 1/4in. broad, contracted between the seeds; seed longitudinal; funicle scarlet its entire length, folded several times at one end of seed; ripe June-Sept. Fls. Feb.-May.—A neat little shrub with bright green lvs. The pods must be picked as soon as ripe and just before dehiscence, for the elastic opening of the pod will discharge the seed in every direction.
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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