Official bird and tree of Australia

To: "Brian Fleming" <>, "Klaus & Brenda Uhlenhut" <>
Subject: Official bird and tree of Australia
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 19:10:06 +1100
Anthea Fleming:
> that. The wattle is justabout big enough to be a tree.
"The wattle" actually amounts to squillions of species (approximately)!  The venerable Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) of SE wet forests is, for example, most definitely a tree  ;-)
Even if not strictly official, I think the "green and gold" signifying Australia in various contexts is a reference to the wattle(s).  Go with Acacia and you can hardly go too far wrong .......

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