Acacia cyclops

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Acacia cyclops A.Cunn. ex G.Don

Fabaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun   9

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy - Soil: loam - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: clay - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: bipinnate

Shape: globose
Fruit: legume

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Fabanae
Ordo:
Fabales

Acacia cyclops is a tree.

Naming

Acacia cyclops was described by George Don in 1832. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Acacia cyclops is a species in the genus Acacia which contains approximately 1550 to 1852 species and belongs to the family of the Fabaceae (Legume Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees reach heights of 4 metres and are comparatively fast-growing and short-lived. They have a semi-erect habit and produce multiple stems, the main growing season is in spring and summer.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Acacia cyclops is evergreen. The green, bipinnate leaves are alternate. The foliage is dense.

Flowers and Fruits

Acacia cyclops produces showy yellow globose flowers from April to May.

From summer to autumn the trees produce an abundance of ornamental black legumes that are persistent on the plant.

Root System

Distribution

Acacia cyclops is native to West Australia and is naturalized in Portugal.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, clay, sandy clay or loamy clay and comparatively poor with a pH between 6 and 8,3. The plants need a soil depth of at least 46 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9) and need a frost-free period of at least 26 weeks.

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: anaerobic soil
  • low: calcareous soil
  • medium: soil salinity
  • high: drought

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Plants can be cut back down to the trunk (coppicing) as necessary.

Propagate by sowing or by cuttings.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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