SPECIES: Acacia auratiflora — Orange-flowered Wattle
As we head towards spring, what better time to profile some of our unique and lesser-known wattle species. And Orange-flowered Wattle is no exception. Orange-flowered Wattle, as the name suggests, grows singular flower heads with golden to orange coloured flowers and flattened stems that both resemble and function as a leaf. Endemic to an area in the Southern Wheatbelt of Western Australia, the population estimates are at around 1200 plants - though these surveys date to nearly 15 years ago. Road, rail and firebreak maintenance, weeds and grazing are the biggest threats to the Orange-flowered Wattle.
Photo: D Papenfus