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Family Mimosacaea

Acacia oxycedrus Prickly Moses

If you ever happen to venture too close to this plant you will soon find out how it got it's common name, for it must certainly be the most prickly plant native to the Sydney district. The main diagnostic features are it's sickle-shaped, undivided phyllodes ('leaves') ending in a very pungent point, in combination with it's elongate inflorescence, which is creamy white in colour.

Flowering: winter to early spring.

Habitat: Sandstone plateaus.

Distribution: in Sydney most prominent along West Head Road in the Ku-Ring-gai National Park and restricted to the Hornsby Plateau and the lower Blue Mountains. Also in Victoria and South Australia.

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