Acacia Eriopoda

'Yirragulu'(Broome Pindan Wattle)

Feature article: Pindan Wattle BK

 

(De Pledge Way April 3rd 2008 - photo bk)

 

Broome Pindan Wattle

Acacia Eriopoda.

Acacia from acis, pointed instrument, Erio, wool, podus, foot. [Refering to wooly flower stalks.

Common name: Broome Pindan Wattle.

Aboriginal name: Yirragula.

Very common tree in this area.

Uses: wood for making spears.

(the galls on this tree were present in August - page 130 - 'Broome and Beyond'

Ash used with chewing tobacco.

Edible gum.

~ Gum and grubs are edible.

~ Wood is used to make spears. The Yawuru people [Julbayi country]

used to get it from the Jukun [Minyjirr] people

More prevalent in disturbed areas near roads.

Tall resinous shrub to 5m with straight, erect trunks; bark grey, finely fissured at the base of the trunk.

In red sand in tall, dense mixed shrub of Acacia, Eucalyptus and Pouteria sericea at Colomb Point. The dominant species of the pindan on the southern Peninsula.

 

Bardi name = irroogool. Yawuru name = yirragulu. Stems used for making spears.

The gum is rich in protein [42%] and has an unusually high arabinose content of potential value in the food.

Flowering April - July, fruiting September, October.

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A 'web of wattle'. This spider must have been 'cheesed' off after all his hard work. (Photo taken at Notre Dame car park - bk)