Native Bunch | Wattle Ya know!
The Wattle Tree
We have been getting offerings of Wattle at the Sydney Flower Markets lately and the official start of Wattle season is fast looming. The Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is the National Floral Emblem of Australia but this fact has always caused conjecture ever since the hunt for a National Flower began around Federation in 1901. Interestingly, in 1924 a Professor by the name of Lawson presented a very good argument that as the Wattle was not actually an endemic plant to Australia and is a Native of several other countries (mainly South Africa) Australia should adopt the Gum Blossom as it's National Emblem as Eucalypts were found in all parts of the continent and were in fact endemic to Australia and belonged to no other land, it is ours! He argued that the Gum Blossom with its array of beautiful colours was just as beautiful as the Wattle. However, the Wattle devotees, some so loved the Wattle that a Wattle Club was founded in the 1800's, won the day.
Here at Native Bunch we love all the Australian, South African & New Zealand Natives so we will have them all thanks! Below is a photo of a Wattle tree not far from the hangout of native Bunch. Find us online at https://www.nativebunch.com.au