Wednesday's Wildflower: Sweet Acacia
Vachellia farnesiana, formerly Acacia farnesianaSubmitted by John Holyland, Mangrove Chapter
|Photo by John Holyland, Lemon Bay County Park, Englewood, Florida|
The oval yellow flowers, about 1-2 cm. in diameter, bloom in the winter. They are very fragrant and have a long history of being using to make perfume and scented ointments. The fruits are cylindrical green pods that will will turn purple as they age.
The thorny branches make good cover for birds and other wildlife, and bees love to forage in flowers.
Legend has it that Jesus’ Crown of Thorns came from a tree of the Acacia family.
|Photo by Shirley Denton, FNPS|
Links: FNPS: Native Plants for Your Area
USF Plant Atlas: Vachellia farnesiana