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Wattle is the name generally used for the Australian varieties of acacia.

A large wattle tree

Close up of wattle flowers
Wattles have greygreen foliage in a variety of shapes and sizes, and cream to golden flowers. These flowers consist of a spherical or tubular bundle of stamens, with a minute centre. Wattle flowers profusely for a very short period of time, and many people are allergic to some or all species. Wattles have been extensively introduced into New Zealand and are regarded by many New Zealanders as one of the most typical features of their home landscape.

Wattle is also the name for a fleshy growth on the heads of certain birds, including chickens, turkeys and vultures