Acacia Peuce

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Acacia Peuce

Acacia Peuce trees are known as Waddy, Waddi, Waddy-wood, or Birdsville Wattle. The trees as seen here along the Old Andado Track once grew in quite large clumps. It was sobering to stand among the trees and hear the desert wind sighing through the needle like leaves.

The average annual rainfall in this area is only 150 mm (6 inches) and in January at the height of summer the daily maximum temperatures average are around 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit).  The tree is a slow growing tree with fibrous grey-brown bark and the timber is very dense with dark red heart-wood. These gnarled old trees are reputed to live for at least 500 years. The tree is still a source for Aboriginal digging tools and clubs with many being cut down for fencing and stockyard timber by early pastoralists.

Only a handful of specimens survive at Andado and occupy approx. 10 km², mostly within the Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve. Two other stands exist in Queensland one 15 km north of Birdsville on the road to Bedourie, and south west of Boulia on Montague Downs and Marion Downs stations. Under the EPBC Act, the tree is listed as ‘Vulnerable‘. A map showing how to get to the site is available online from NT Park and Wildlife.

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