Showing 38 wildflowers from the Great Sandy Desert region

Black Powderpuff

Black Powderpuff

Classification: Agaricaceae - Podaxis - pistillaris

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

Updated: 23 Jul 2016
Cyanostegia or Tinsel Flower

Cyanostegia or Tinsel Flower

Classification: Lamiaceae - Cyanostegia - cyanocalyx

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.

Updated: 18 May 2014
Dead Man

Dead Man's Foot or Horse Dung Fungus

Classification: Pisolithaceae - Pisolithus - albus

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.

Updated: 16 Jun 2014
Desert Lime

Desert Lime

Classification: Rutaceae - Citrus - glauca

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.

Updated: 19 Nov 2014
Desert Oak

Desert Oak

Classification: Casuarinaceae - Allocasuarina - decaisneana

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,

Updated: 24 Mar 2014
Desert Pepperflower

Desert Pepperflower

Classification: Sapindaceae - Diplopeltis - stuartii

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

Updated: 19 Nov 2014
Desert Star Flower

Desert Star Flower

Classification: Myrtaceae - Calytrix - Carinata

A small to medium shrub with extremely small leaves and pink to purple star shaped flowers.

Updated: 31 Jul 2017
Desert or Native Poplar

Desert or Native Poplar

Classification: Gyrostemonaceae - Codonocarpus - cotinifolius

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,

Updated: 17 Aug 2014
Dogwood- possibly?

Dogwood- possibly? Overall Rating: 2/5

Classification: Fabaceae - Acacia - unknown

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.

Updated: 31 Aug 2014
Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree Overall Rating: 5/5

Classification: Fabaceae - Sesbania - formosa

A native of northern Australia, it is found in the Pilbara and Kimberley areas and eastward into Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Updated: 17 Apr 2014
Emu Bush

Emu Bush Overall Rating: 4/5

Classification: Scrophulariaceae - Eremophila - demissa

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.

Updated: 21 Apr 2015
Emu Bush

Emu Bush

Classification: Scrophulariaceae - Eremophila - forrestii

Open woody shrub to about 2m tall. Leaves slightly furry, especially young leaves which have a golden appearance. Flowers pink and slightly hairy.

Updated: 21 Apr 2015
Emu Bush

Emu Bush

Classification: Scrophulariaceae - Eremophila - latrobei subsp. filiformis

Low woody shrub. Red flowers. Leaves narrow with a notches appearance to the edges.

Updated: 21 Apr 2015
Emu Bush

Emu Bush

Classification: Scrophulariaceae - Eremophila - latrobei subsp. latrobei

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.

Updated: 21 Apr 2015
Flame Grevillea

Flame Grevillea

Classification: Proteaceae - Grevillea - eriostachya

Straggly shrub with tall flower spikes held above the foliage. Leaves long and rounded.

Updated: 24 Mar 2014
Flannel Bush

Flannel Bush

Classification: Solanaceae - Solanum - lasiophyllum

Low woody shrub. Leaves grey and thickly felted with short grey hairs. Sharp spines on stems and calyx.

Updated: 13 Jun 2014
Fleshy Groundsel or Annual Yellowtop

Fleshy Groundsel or Annual Yellowtop

Classification: Asteraceae - Senecio - gregorii

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,

Updated: 19 Nov 2014
Golden Sand Sage

Golden Sand Sage

Classification: Lamiaceae - Dicrastylis - exsuccosa

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,

Updated: 19 Nov 2014
Green Bird Flower or Rattlepod

Green Bird Flower or Rattlepod Overall Rating: 4.50/5

Classification: Fabaceae - Crotalaria - cunninghamii

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

Updated: 09 Jun 2014
Grevillea stenobotrya or Rattlepod Grevillea

Grevillea stenobotrya or Rattlepod Grevillea

Classification: Proteaceae - Grevillea - stenobotrya

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

Updated: 30 Jun 2014
Holly Leafed Grevillea

Holly Leafed Grevillea

Classification: Proteaceae - Grevillea - wickhamii

Upright shrub to 3m, common in desert areas. Holly shaped leaves and dense clusters of bright red flowers.

Updated: 24 Mar 2014
Honeysuckle Oak or Spider Flower, Desert Grevillea

Honeysuckle Oak or Spider Flower, Desert Grevillea

Classification: Proteaceae - Grevillea - juncifolia

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

Updated: 29 Apr 2015
Ikulyukulyu or upside-down plant

Ikulyukulyu or upside-down plant

Classification: Fabaceae - Leptosema - chambersii

Unique desert species that has the flowers growing at the bottom of the plant.

Updated: 27 Sep 2014
Large Fruited Mallee

Large Fruited Mallee

Classification: Myrtaceae - Eucalyptus - youngiana

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.

Updated: 19 Jun 2014
Micromyrtus

Micromyrtus

Classification: Myrtaceae - Micromyrtus - unknown

Small shrub about 1m tall.

Updated: 24 Mar 2014
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