One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian acacia with golden flowers.
Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: A. pycnatha, whose flowers are used as Australia's national emblem, and A. longifolia
- ‘You can see parrots exploding from clumps of golden wattle and sizzling pink honey myrtle.’
- ‘The smell of the crushed or burning leaves is immediately evocative for most Australians, and the golden wattle has symbolic force, summarising these landscapes of the sun.’
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