Grows on heavier soils. Best growth is in moist, well-drained, relatively fertile flats along watercourses.
Branchlets are green, sometimes exude resin.
Foliage is bipinnate, meaning divided twice. Young leaves can be orange-brown.
Flowers are yellow (lemon yellow to golden yellow) puffballs. Pods have sparse hairs, bumps where seeds are, usually up to 6 cm long, and .5 to one cm wide.
Flowers November – February, seeds 7-9 months later. 100 000 viable seeds per kilogram. Boiling water for one minute promotes germination.
Photo: T. Tame, PLantNET
Also host for Tailed Emperor (Polyura sempronius), Emerald Hairstreak (Jalmens daemeli), Common Imperial Hairstreak (Jalmenus evagoras evagoras), Stencilled Hairstreak (Jalmenus ictinus), Silky Hairstreak (Pseudalmenus chlorinda), Double-spotted Line-blue (Nacaduba biocellata).
Foliage closeup. Photo: Robert Whyte
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