Australian States Native Floral Emblems. Lovely depictions of what epitomises states within Australia.
The Golden Wattle was officially proclaimed as the National Emblem on the 19th of August 1988, but has been unofficially accepted as our floral emblem since federation in 1901.
It was named in honour of a Swedish Professor of Botany, named Georg Goran Wahlenberg.
When Queensland prepared for its Centenary in 1959, it sought advice on native species suitable as a floral emblem. One of the species suggested was the Cooktown Orchid.
In a public poll for the most popular choice as floral emblem, 10,917 entries were submitted and according to the organiser’s the Cooktown Orchid, Queensland’s own world-famous hybrid [sic] orchid came out thousands ahead in the count of votes’.
Captain Charles Sturt (1795-1869) noted the occurrence of Swainsona formosa in 1844 while exploring between Adelaide and central Australia, and the common name, Sturt’s Desert Pea, commemorates a notable explorer of inland Australia.
Eucalyptus globulus was first collected on the south-east coast of Tasmania in 1792-93 by Jacques-Julien Houton de Labillardiere(1755-1834) and described by him in 1799.
Representatives of interested Victorian government departments, societies and individuals met on 18 September 1951 and unanimously agreed on Common Heath as the State floral emblem. The pink form of Common Heath, Epacris impressa, was proclaimed the floral emblem of Victoria on 11 November 1958. Victoria was the first Australian State to give official recognition to such an emblem.
It is one of about twelve species of the genus Anigozanthos which is restricted to the south-west of Western Australia