Critically endangered – Northern Territory
I am a lonely little wattle shrub
my family name is Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee)
by various strange and wonderful ways I’m related to the pea.
Peas are plentiful
but my fellow family members dwindle by the day.
Acacia equisetifolia is critically endangered; so the scientists say
I’d really love to have a chat
calling out across the sandy ground, “Is anybody there?”
then hoping for an answer to float on through the humid air.
If anyone in the big wide world would like to visit me
this is where I’ll be,
Kakadu National Park
in the Northern Territory.
I’ll put my yellow pom-pom blooms on show,
they’re a little like dandelion clocks you know.
You’ll find me in a woodland glade
of woollybutt and bloodwood trees;
they’re shady, kind and friendly
but far too big to be my family.
My seed pods need a fire to burst them into life,
a little one will do.
It rained a lot last night and I am so surprised to see,
where last season I popped a pod or two
a teeny tiny green shoot – a sprouting Mini-me.
Photo credit to Kym Brennan of the Lucid Acacia Project