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Searching tips:  To search these pages for a common or scientific name do a site search using flower name.
Sources used for identification of wildflowers shown on these pages and regions where they occur see Credits
These pages will feature some of the wildflowers we have photographed in Western Australia, and where possible, identified.  If you are able to help identify further flowers, or correct any I may have wrong, please contact us.
Information given for each species will give botanical name, known common names, description of the flower as I see it, time of year it flowered, where it was photographed, and the areas it occurs in.  Names have been matched to Florabase which has also been used to show distribution.
See some of these wildflower in larger sized photos on our Flickr pages.
To see more Western Australian Wildflowers, see WA Now and Then Wildflower Gallery  
Some plants that have invaded natural habitats have been photographed and shown here as Alien to Western Australia.  It is not our intention to to photograph or be a directory of Alien plants, and these few shown are amongst those commonly mistaken for Western Australian natives.  See useful references to help identifying Alien plants
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Acacia pulchella Prickly Moses, prickly wattle, prickle bush
Yellow, fluffy, all along stems
Late Winter, Spring
Particularly prominent in the first two years following a fire
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia
and occurs through the Mid West, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West regions
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Acacia trees of different species
Acacia pycnantha, Golden Wattle being the most common. Alien to Western Australia
Yellow small fluffy balls in clusters
Cordering area, Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia and various tree wattles occur throughout the state
The two different wattle tree species above were taken at
Pumphreys Bridge, Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia
Alphbetical Index by Botanical Names
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Acacia nervosa, Rib Wattle (below)
This small erect shrub has round yellow wattle flowers on a small shrub with slender leaves
June July
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and occurs through the South West, north of Perth and into the wheatlbelt and Great Southern as far as Albany
Acacia longifolia, Sydney Golden Wattle, Sallow Wattle (at left) 
Alien and an invasive pest in Western Australia
A shrub or tree with long slender leaves, elongated pale yellow wattle blossoms
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and three subspecies are found around Perth, the South West and Great Southern regions where it has become established.
Acacia stenoptera, Narrow Winged Wattle
A small plant with spiny modified leaves from a thickened stem.  Buds are yellow and soft fluffy blossoms are white and tipped with yellow pollen
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and occurs throughout the South West, and much of the Wheatbelt, Mid West and Great Southern regions

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Acacia applanata, Grass Wattle (above and at left)
A somewhat sprawling plant with ribbon like stems instead of leaves.  Small yellow wattle flowers.
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia and occurs in the South West, Wheatbelt and Great Southern areas of the south west corner of the state, ranging from Dongara to the Albany area. 
Why the common name Wattle?  Did you know that the name of Wattle came from the use of Acacias in building houses?  See the story here.
Acacia species
We have photographed several different small acacia shrubs in the bushland around Bridgetown.  One of these may be Acacia myrtifolia.
This low sprawling shrub (below) was flowering in August at Bridgetown is quite different to the specimen below left.  
Please note that Acetous vesicaria, Ruby Dock, Rosy Dock, Bladder Dock (formerly Rumex vesicarius) has been returned to the Rumex genus, and can now be seen listed under R.  Alien to Western Australia
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Small Acacia shrubs above and above left were flowering at Bridgetown in August.
Two unidentified small Acacia shrubs compared (above) with the Acacia at right having large and fluffier blooms with sickle shaped leaves. 
Acacia insolita subsp insolita (at right)
Light yellow blooms on as small bush with ferny blue-green leaves.
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia and occurs in the central South West extending into the Wheatbelt around Narrogin and Williams
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