The Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) is a common wattle of the wetlands, with a life span on 15 – 20 years. It is a small to medium sized tree with a slender trunk with leaves frond like and green to silvery grey on both surfaces. Flowers are fluffy yellow balls about 1 cm each, in clusters of 25 – 35 flowers and they appear in late winter and spring. The tree was useful to the Aborigines in many ways. The gum that oozed from damaged areas was a valuable food source and the gum was also used as a type of cement. Bark provided fibre to make coarse string and the wood was used to make handles for stone axes. The seeds were crushed to produce a coarse flour which when mixed with water was cooked as damper. You will see these wattles scattered throughout the entire wetlands.
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