Commonly known as wattle trees, Australia has more than 1,200 species of Acacia. The golden wattle highlights the floral world of Australia and is widespread around Adelaide Hills, Canberra and Victoria. Its flowering season is during the end of winter, or the starting of spring and most of the species are yellow while whitish in some. They usually prosper in hotter and drier climates.
The Haemodoraceae family has more than 100 species that include the iconic Kangaroo Paw. Around 11 species of Kangaroo Paw are native to Western Australia, especially the southwest region. It can be spotted along swamps, creeks and forests. The flowers of Kangaroo Paw blossoms between August and October and can be seen in various colours like yellow, green, red, brown, pink, etc.
Locally known as tea trees or honey myrtles and paperbarks, Melaleuca is a type of more than 300 species of the Myrtle family, and the majority of it is common in Australia. They are generally found on the swamps edges, along watercourses and can also grow in different types of soil. Melaleuca is popular for its essential oils that are marketed as tea tree oil.
The Proteaceae is a popular flowering plant that includes names like Grevilleas, Banksias and Waratahs. A vital feature of the Proteaceae family is that flower heads are consist of numerous small flowers. The waratah is common in the national parks alongside the coastline of New South Wales. And there are more than 800 species of Proteaceae in Australia.
Wildflowers turn Australia’s arid and savanna grassland areas of into colourful carpets from June until September. Over 12,000 species of wildflower can be seen blossoming across Western Australia. From August to October, around 100 varieties of wildflower can be seen in South Australia, especially on Kangaroo Island. During summers, the plains around Mount Kosciuszko erupt in masses of yellow craspedia, pink trigger plants and white and silver snow daisies. In case you don’t know, wildflowers are a protected species in the country.