Original chromolithograph after Ernest William Minchen (active 1869-1890) under the guidance of botanical draftsman R. T. Baker for "The Flowering Plants and Ferns of New South Wales, with especial reference to their Economic Value" by J.H. Maiden. Issued with copy of original text.
The Coast Myall, also known as commonly known as Rosewood, Sally Wattle, and Mountain Brigalow. The Aborigines of Cumberland/Camden called it "Kaarreewan". Naturally occurs in New South Wale and Victoria. First described by German botanist Johann Christoph Wendland as Mimosa binervia in 1798, J.H. Maiden calls it Acacia glaucescens in 1895, but now reclassified as A. binervia. In Spring an "exquisite fluffiness of the spikes of flowers...a charming sight", but worthless as cut flowers. Distinct grey foliage, combined with long bright yellow flowers it followed by long seed pods. The trees are 5-16 meters tall and rejuvenated by bush fires. Maiden notes the potential as tanning bark has saved this species. he warns the leaves are toxic to livestock. However it is useful to bees in the honey industry.
Image Size = 16 x 24cm (6 1/4 x 9 Inch)
Condition = Excellent. Supplied with copy of the original description.
Published by Charles Potter, Government Printer, N.S.W between 1895-1898
Joseph Henry Maiden (1859-1925) Born in London he traveled to Sydney. Among other duties, his interest in Australian flora attracted the interest of director of the Botanic Garden, Charles Moore. Maiden quickly established himself as an expert in economic botany. He encouraged research into the properties of Australian timbers and essential oils. Forest Flora of New South Wales, was issued in 72 parts highlighting the economic values of trees to assist in land management, to illustrate scientifically, and encourage public awareness, from 1885-98. He lectured at the university in forestry in 1913-21 and in agricultural botany in 1914-21. Maiden urged farmers to use herbarium staff to identify grasses and bushes grazed by their stock. Acknowledged awareness of retaining native forests, like the South Australian Conservator for State Forests, John Edne Brown. He passionately supported more parks and trees in urban developments, dispatching seeds and cuttings to schools and councils