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Acacia cowleana - Halls Creek Wattle - 30 seeds

Acacia cowleana - Halls Creek Wattle - 30 seeds

Acacia cowleana, commonly known as the Halls Creek Wattle is a medium to fast growing shrub to small tree up to 8m in height.  The phyllodes are 80 - 200mm long by 10 - 30mm wide, narrowly elliptical in shape and falcate (curved).   The bright yellow flowers occur in elongated spikes up to 300mm long and occur in the phyllode axils during Winter and Spring and are followed by slender, straight seed pods about 75mm long.
Acacia cowleana is not widely grown but should be a reliable shrub for temperate to arid climates in reasonably well drained soils.
This, and some other Acacia species have been identified as having potential as food crops in Africa. The article "Seed Saviours" published in the CSIRO magazine 'Ecos' (No.85, Spring 1995) reports:
"Trials at Maradi in Niger ......have identified three species ideally suited to food production in semi-arid Africa.  These trees (Acacia colei, A. cowleana and A. tumida) are easy to establish, fast growing, high yielding and bear nutritious, easily-collected seeds. Villagers have even adapted traditional recipes to make a range of seed-based foods including pancakes, stews and pasta. It is likely that other species will prove more appropriate in areas with different soil and climatic characteristics....... Traditionally, the small seeds of some species such as A. cowleana are ground into flour when raw or parched and ground then mixed with water to make a paste which is high in energy and carbohydrates"
Propagation is relatively easy by normal seed raising methods following pre-treatment by soaking in boiling water or by scarification. 
30 premium quality seeds shipped by ordinary on receipt of cleared funds. 
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