The acacia stenophylla is an acacia that belongs to the Fabaceae family, is characterized by keeping its leaves throughout the year and is native to Australia. It is a tree resistant to floods and is capable of maintaining its vitality when exposed to salt water. It is highly sought after as it has particularities that allow it to survive many ecosystems and despite this reproduce without any problem. It is widely used to revitalize degraded land and areas.
Description of Acacia stenophylla
The acacia stenophylla is a strong and large tree that has the possibility of keeping its leaves intact throughout the year, its growth is accelerated since it can reach altitudes of up to 20 meters although it generally stays at no more than 10 meters high. Its trunk is straight and the bark is cracked, having a brownish gray color, its leaves change into very long and thin phyllodes that can measure about 40 cm long and 7 mm wide, which fall downwards like greenish-grey pendulums. . Its flowers are born in different places on the branches, which is why they are considered as short-sized axillary flowers, from which some small round heads protrude that can measure 9 mm in diameter and are yellow in color.
Its flowers are born in different seasons of the year, but above all in the interval of months between March and July, maturing its dark and oval legumes which can measure about 26 cm long by 12 mm wide, which differences of legumes from other plants such as those of the pink acacia Because they are very narrow in each seed, which makes them look like a rosary and when they reach maturity, this fruit tends to split due to the growth of the seeds.
Distribution and habitat of the acacia stenophylla
Acacia stenophylla is a very common tree in riparian wooded areas that can be found in desert areas north-east of western Australia, east of other regions such as Queensland and south as they reach basins in the Lachlan River, as well as the Darling River and the Murray River. It is allowed to grow in strong soils of the plains that are flooded with the rains and in terrestrial slopes that are near the currents of the rivers in conjunction with eucalyptus trees.
Uses of Acacia stenophylla
The acacia stenophylla is used mainly in such a way that it is noticeable as an ornament since it can withstand different types of climates such as dry or torrential rains. It is cultivated in nurseries and then planted in modern gardens, in parks or in public gardens in different regions of North America such as California. In ancient times, the seeds were taken and roasted or toasted to be eaten by the natives who lived in southern New Wales. Its wood is thought to have been used to make weapons such as boomerangs and constructions.
With the wood of the acacia stenophylla, different types of things have been made that have many uses, such as the manufacture of furniture, to strengthen the floors of the house, for the stakes of the fences and even to use it as firewood. The uncut tree can be used as a shelter or to receive shade since its foliage is wide as well as to produce food since its seeds and legumes can be eaten after cooking them correctly, as said before, in addition that it has certain medicinal properties due to its alkaloids.
Acacia stenophylla cultivation
The acacia stenophylla is cultivated automatically by means of its seeds which with the passage of time are covered by the earth and begin to germinate since these plants remain close to the coastal lines of the rivers, which means that the land is always moistened. If you want to grow it as an ornamental, this process must be accelerated by placing the seed for a few seconds in hot water that is not at a boiling point and then sowing it immediately so that it begins its germination process.
Acacia stenophylla care
Due to the easy adaptation that the acacia stenophylla has, arduous care is not needed for this plant to develop properly. Mainly, it is necessary that the soil be kept moist and that it avoid being kept in direct sunlight for long periods of time, although it can be kept without problems in arid areas. This plant would only need touch ups to its foliage if necessary.