7 responses to “Acacia baileyana”

  1. Stan Flouride

    There are 11 of these planted on my block in San Francisco and it is the only plant or substance that I am allergic to. The last week in February and the first two in March are hell. (and then I get to sweep up the much-less lovely flowers)
    A generous benefactor from Australia who lived on the block donated them all to the city back in the 60s.

  2. Beverley

    Acacia baileyana – Z8 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Acacia baileyana – Z10-11 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  3. Douglas Smith

    Please include a common name with each of your great pictures. I add many of them to a file I run as a slideshow for a screen saver, and I add a label right on the picture so I know what I’m looking at when it appears. I did find one for this plant, but it was not obvious at first.

  4. Andrea

    There are invasive natives, and native weeds. Invasive has to do with behavior, not with origin. Unfortunately the US government officially defined “invasive species” as harmful non-natives. “Weed” is similarly subjective. But wattle we do about it? (Blame Monty Python for that one.)

  5. Eric in SF

    I see some references to Acacia being in the Mimosaceae family rather than Fabaceae – can anyone explain?

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Eric, Wikipedia provides a good summary (Fabaceae), but I’ll summarize, too. Legumes can be divided into the three subfamilies, the Caesalpinioideae, the Mimosoideae and the Papilionoideae. Some taxonomists choose to elevate these to the family level instead of using the broader Fabaceae, in which case Acacia would be in Mimosaceae. For a time, a few of us switched to using the 3-families-of-legumes approach here at UBC, until Quentin expressed doubts that the three family approach will stand the test of time (or, rather, the test of taxonomic science) – considering his expertise with the family, we’ve gone back to using the single family convention.

  7. Eric in SF

    Thanks, Daniel!

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