(Acacia melvillei)

    (Acacia omalophylla)


There are 2 species of acacia known as Yarran and both are found on the Central Highlands, A.melvillei being the more common of the two. As the phyllodes are very variable, the only sure way to tell the two species apart is by the seed pods with A.melvillei at around 10mm wide and A.omalophylla at around 3mm wide. Both species are very similar in every other respect, including the foliage smelling like cats pee while the timber smells like violets (go figure!!!) 
Right = A.omalaphylla
Left = A.melville
Left = A.omalaphylla
Right = A.melvillei


Acacia melvillei grows to around 12 metres with trunks up to 300mm diameter that are usually fluted. a.melvillei seems to prefer richer soils.
Yarran is a very nice timber to work with. Once the logs are halved or sawn into board-form, it is very stable during drying. Left in the round, it will crack quite severely. The timber handles microwave drying OK too. While it may be heavy and dense, it machines well, sands well, smells great and takes a finish really nicely.



I found some of the smaller diameter branchwood left in the bush had dried without cracking and held its bark OK which made it suitable for some unique S&P shakers!  


Acacia omalophylla grows to about 10 metres with trunks to around 250mm diameter, usually found in poorer, gravelly soil.
Acacia omalophylla timber is barely distinguishable from A.melvillei but this tree I scored ahd some nice ringing (fiddleback) in it. It's working qualities are also so close you can't tell them apart.


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