A common fungus found growing in sand in arid and semi-arid areas, often seen along desert tracks. A type of stalked puffball, it has a hard woody stem topped with a papery white cap that appears to
With its startling purple flowers, Cyanostegia could almost be mistaken for a weed. But its a true Australian native. Rounded, open woody shrub to about 1m. Oval leaves with serrated edges.
Not pretty; but as its common along roads and tracks its worth including. Its a very common yellow-brown puff-ball fungus, that grows in a mycorrhizal relationship with at least Eucalyptus species.
A desert tree growing to 5 meters that has thorns while small to deter grazing by kangaroos. After reaching sufficient height it stops growing the thorns.
Medium sized tree to 15m, only found in desert areas. Juvenile trees are columnar in shape with prickly foliage. Older, adult trees are spreading with drooping foliage. Bark is thick, rough,
Prostrate to ascending perennial, herb, 0.15-0.4(-0.6) m high, to 4 m wide. Fl. white-pink, Apr to Sep. Sandy or loamy soils. Sandplains, sand dunes, stony flats & hillsides
A small to medium shrub with extremely small leaves and pink to purple star shaped flowers.
Spread right across the arid inland the native poplar is a pyramidal shrub or tree, 2-10 m high. Flowres are yellow-green and occur between April and October. Grows in Red sand, loam or gravel,
Attractive weeping habit, to 6 m high. Leaves very similar to Acacia stenophylla but tree form not at all similar, or along drainage lines. Flower colour not observed.
A native of northern Australia, it is found in the Pilbara and Kimberley areas and eastward into Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
Straggling low shrub, growing in red sand. Pale blue flowers with pale pink/mauve bracts. Broad leaves covered in dense short grey hairs giving a matted appearance.
Open woody shrub to about 2m tall. Leaves slightly furry, especially young leaves which have a golden appearance. Flowers pink and slightly hairy.
Low woody shrub. Red flowers. Leaves narrow with a notches appearance to the edges.
Tall shrub to 2.5m. Leaves about 3cm long. Plants growing in dense thickets with considerable variation in flower colour, with paler reds and pink forms present in the one dense thicket.
Straggly shrub with tall flower spikes held above the foliage. Leaves long and rounded.
Low woody shrub. Leaves grey and thickly felted with short grey hairs. Sharp spines on stems and calyx.
Erect, fleshy annual, herb, to 1 m high. Fl. yellow, May to Oct. Red or brown or white-grey clay, red sands or loams, laterite, sandstone. Flats, dunes, depressions, saline sites, clay pans,
Shrub, 0.3-1.5 m high. Fl. white-yellow, Apr to Nov. Red sand, gravel. Sand dunes & plains. Note; this plant can often be a dominant along the WA desert tracks. Generally unremarkable,
The distinctive bird-like shape of the flowers (the flower stalk is the bird's beak) give this desert plant its common name. Flowers are a greenish-yellow colour with prominent stripes on the larger
Bushy shrub to 5m high. Leaves linear, 10-25cm c 1-2mm, finely pointed slightly hooked tip. Flowers creamy white (green in bud), cylindrical or slightly tapered, 7-14cm long. Smooth greyish bark
Upright shrub to 3m, common in desert areas. Holly shaped leaves and dense clusters of bright red flowers.
A small tree or shrub 2 to 7 mts tall, grows throughout inland Australia (not found in Victoria). Rush like leaves are 10 to 30 cms long Flowers are bright orange and yellow and produced most of the
Unique desert species that has the flowers growing at the bottom of the plant.
An aptly named Mallee with very large fruit (gumnuts). Although the mallee itself is not large - growing only a few metres in height - it has plenty of other "large" characteristics.
Small shrub about 1m tall.