Friday, 26 July 2013

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 40 - WATTLE

Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle) is Australia's national floral emblem. It is a native tree which flowers in late winter and spring, producing a mass of fragrant, fluffy, golden flowers. Although wattles, and in particular the Golden Wattle, have been the informal floral emblem of Australia for many years, it was not until Australia’s bicentenary in 1988 that the Golden Wattle was formally adopted as the Floral Emblem of Australia. The date of gazettal was 1 September which was marked by a ceremony at the Australian National Botanic Gardens which included the planting of a Golden Wattle by Hazel Hawke, the Prime Minister’s wife. In 1992, 1 September was formally declared as "National Wattle Day".

Golden Wattle occurs in south-eastern Australia from South Australia’s southern Eyre Peninsula into western Victoria and northwards into inland areas of southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It is found in the understory of open eucalypt forests on dry, shallow soils. It is naturalised in areas within all the southern states of Australia as well as South Africa and California.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Skywatch Friday meme.




7 comments:

  1. Wow... that's quite the mass of flowers.

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  2. Beautiful flowers, beautiful pictures.

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  3. I would love one of those.

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  4. Lovely small bright fluffy flowers!

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  5. Brilliant photos of this amazing tree!

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  6. The yellow flowers just shine out and contrast so well with the blue of the sky!

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