Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The Mulga is a tree or large shrub found in the arid outback parts of Australia. In good conditions it can grow to a tree 10 m tall, but in dry areas and poor soils it often grows to only 2m to 3m in height. the phyllodes are long and needle shaped growing to about 10 cm long. The needles have fine hairs giving the plant a greyish silver appearance. The yellow flowers are produced on spikes about 2 cm long. The small bright-yellow flowers form spikes 1.5 to 2 centimeters long. The plant flowers from March to October, but may flower at any time after good rainfall. The seed pods are flat and grow to 5 cm long with edible dark brown seeds.
As its name suggests, the Mulga is the dominant tree in the mulga country that covers large areas of arid inland Australia.
The Mulga is found in arid areas across the continent from Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland
Height (m): 4 - 10
Spread (m): 3 - 6
Soil Texture: sand, loam, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 150
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: winter, spring
(source: SA State Flora Catalog)
attracts seed-eating and insect-eating birds
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