October – curled scorched leaf, [ Acacia holoserica ], 36x28cm, oil on linen

Acacia holosericea
Family: Mimosaceae. Shrub or small tree. Pale yellow flowers. Common on disturbed sites. Found in monsoon forest and savannah woodland. Leaves and immature seedpods used by Aboriginal people as ‘bush soap’, wood used for spear shafts. Roots, foliage and bark used as medicines. Foliage and pods used as a fish poison. Occurs widely across northern Australia.

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