Wednesday, June 25, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - W for Wattle


The golden wattle is a native Australian shrub, growing naturally in the southern states. It belongs to the acacia family. I took these photos in the Adelaide foothills, about 8 km from my home.

The wattle is Australia's floral emblem and is featured on our coat of arms. This photo is from the Australian National Botanic Gardens website. You can read more about it here.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see links to other participants' sites go to mrs nesbitts place

11 comments:

Petrus said...

I've heard of wattle but never actually seen what it looks like - nice bright yellow flowers ..

Good pictures.

AphotoAday said...

I know relatively little about plants, but when I see a leaf shaped like that I immediately think of eucaliptus.   But waddle it is -- very colorful...

alicesg said...

Very beautiful flowers. Nice information of The Wattle.

Andrea said...

Never heard of Wattle but they sure are pretty.

Andrea

reader Wil said...

I love the wattle tree too, Gordon! Where my daughter lives in north Queensland there are also wattle trees. According to our Aboriginal friends wattle trees were used for spears and may be even now for fishing. In a three weeks I am on my way to Oz, as I do every year! The flight is a long one.
Thanks for your visit!

babooshka said...

Well I never knew that. Knew of the flower, but not it being the national one or anything about the coat of arms. My turn to day 've learn something today, and such beautiful images you've captured.

Denise said...

Great idea, your theme. I am going to have a theme next time round.

Petunia said...

I never have seen enything like this but it looks beautiful. Just like easter chickens!

Donna said...

These flowers are so unusual!! Very Pretty!hughugs

Bear Naked said...

What Wonderful photos for ABC Wednesday.
I have never heard of wattles before.
Thank you for giving me my *something new I learned today.*

Sara said...

Greetings from Southern California! I love that beautiful yellow wattle...that is one Aussie plant I've not seen here (I'm sure it's not the only one!). We do have lots of Eucalyptus trees that were brought here a very long time ago...the story was they were to be grown for railroad ties since they grow so fast, but it turned out they weren't good for that. So we have Eucalyptus growing all over this part of Claifornia...or do you call them gum trees?