The flower of the Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon).
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
Moeang (Woi wurrung), Yanun or Yoman (Gunaikurnai), Moyan (Taungurung)
Botanical name: Acacia melanoxylon
The fibre of this tree can be used to make fishing lines while its timber provides weapons such as woomera, shields and throwing-sticks. It also has medicinal uses: an infusion of its bark can be used to treat rheumatic joints.
Blackwoods grow in cool temperate rainforests, dry grassy forest, riparian scrub, plains grassland and dry sclerophyll forests. They are found in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.
This is a very fast-growing, upright tree with a dense canopy. It can tolerate dryness but thrives in deep, moist soil and can provide excellent screening and shade. It can grow 5–30 m tall and 2–6 m wide.