acacia is a very common planting species in hong kong. back in the 1970s formosa acacia was one of the top three species planting in our country parks as well as in the city. earleaf acacia shares the same family and genus with formosa acacia and it is also common in hong kong. the former is native to australia and south asia, while the latter is native to southeast asia.
this photo was taken early this week. we can see young fruits are blossoming. the pods are twisted with irregular spirals. nature can be curious artists. the young green sculpture-like bearing will be brown and bit woody when mature.
on the note of the shape of this fruit, i found it interesting in the difference between the chinese and english common names of this species. the chinese says “ear-shaped fruit acacia”, while the english refers the leaf in ear-shape. maybe another english name fits better with the chinese – earpod wattle.
耳果相思 earleaf acacia (acacia auriculiformis) – kingdom: 植物界 plantae | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: fabales 豆目 | family: fabaceae 豆科 | genus: acacia 金合歡屬 | species: a. auriculiformis 耳果相思