Golden Wattle – Australia’s floral emblem

Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle) is Australia’s national floral emblem

Wattles have long had special meanings for Australians, and for more than a century they have been a popular symbol of Australia and Australians. There are more than 1,073 described Acacia species (or wattles) that have evolved across Australia over 35 million years. Amongst these there are many hundreds of species with yellow blossoms that are commonly called golden wattle.

However there is just one, Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle) that was officially gazetted as Australia’s national floral emblem in 1988. Why did this wattle become Australia’s floral emblem? Check out this new video made by the Wattle Day Association.