Flower Power

Here is the wattle,
The emblem of our land.
You can stick it in a bottle
Or hold it in your hand.

Barry Humphries.

As one of the lost legion of letter-writers, I’m always on the look-out for stamps not blighted by royal parasites or trained killers.

 Imagine my delight to spot these ‘Wattle Wonders.’. I bought forty of each and should get more.

The purple one is real rarity, confined to far Cape York and blooms only after intense fires. It has been cloned, like the Wollemi pine, to protect it from vandals. The big threat is from land clearance.

I included a specimen in the Exhibition I curated for the Brisbane City Hall Gallery in 1997: Typically? Australian – the? is central. A purple wattle is one response to Hanson.

The red was not identified until found by Victorian bushwalkers in 1995. It should become the floral emblem for our revolution.

Humphrey McQueen

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