Wildflowers, Photos........Acacia pickardii

Submitted: Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 13:42
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Hi Everyone


When we think of Wildflowers and special plants on our travels around this Great Nation of ours, quite often we overlook that twisted small tree as it may not be attractive or seem that special.


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How many of you have travelled the Birdsville Track and seen a small stand of twisted, small spindly looking trees north of Mt Gason Bore and never bothered to stop and see what they are?

This is the easiest location to view the very rare Acacia pickardii that was only identified just over 40 years ago, and even today there is still a lot to find out about this true little Aussie battler.

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For a full story on this special Acacia, you can read my blog, Acacia pickardii - Mt Gason Wattle

Do you have any pictures of this rare tree to share here on the forum?

Go through you photos and you may have an even rarer image of it in flower.


If you have a special tree or flower that you would like to share with us all on the forum, please take to time to do a story, as I know there are many readers out there that like to read about what we see during our travels.


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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 14:22

Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 14:22
Thanks for the post (and blog) Stephen. I recall seeing these trees along the Birdsville Track when we were on our trip earlier this year. Unfortunately it was a hot day and we were seduced by the airconditioner! So we didn't stop to investigate. They look like very prickly specimens indeed, so perhaps that protects them a bit from browsing. Is a trip back to Andado on the cards for you?

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 14:59

Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 14:59
Hi Val

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog about this special Acacia. To be honest, we have seen the trees many times on the Birdsville Track over the years and like you never took the time to stop and investigate what they were.

It has not been until our last 2 trips up the Track that we stopped and took notice of what they were. The first time there was never any interest in Botanical stories here on the forum, but this has since gained a good foothold. During our last trip up the Track, I made sure that I took images for a story on this rare plant. It has taken me 4 months to get my act together and these few days when it have been well over 40 here in Clare, it gave me the perfect excuse to finish the job.

As for Andado, nothing planned for this year, but you never know. I don't know if you have been out to the Mac Clarke Reserve, but that is another great spot to visit and will be another Blog in the near future.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 15:19

Monday, Jan 02, 2012 at 15:19
Hi again Stephen,

Yes we have been to the Mac Clarke Reserve a couple of times, so will be able to contribute some photos if and when you do a blog on A. peuce. After seeing those trees at Old Andado it was a thrill this year to see the waddywood stand just north of Birdsville, a much bigger spread of trees than I had expected.

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