Mulga trees, Acacia aneura
Mulga IMG 8801 - Mulga trees (Acacia aneura) are the dominant species of vegetation in many areas of outback Australia. They are able to survive the worst of droughts and are often felled en masse by graziers to feed starving livestock that are able to survive on the foliage of this prolific leguminous tree. The timber of mulga trees, like that of the majority of acacias, is exceptionally hard, and was used by aboriginal people to make a variety of artefacts. This scene, in western Queensland, was photographed during one of the worst droughts in the history of European settlement of Australia, a time when little other than mulga could survive in the harsh environment.