For the plant enthusiasts some of the unique flora include the Desert Oak,
Ghost Gum, Dead Finish, the Red Cabbage Palm in
Sturt’s Desert Pea, Mulla Mulla, mallees, mulga, salt bush, and the commonly
named spinifex. There is a range of bush tucker plants that include the Bush
Banana and the
Bush Tomato, although extreme care should be taken with the bush tomato as a
number of plants look similar but are poisonous. Both the
Springs Desert Park and
Botanic Garden have a great living collection of plants.
We also have a range of non-indigenous species, some of which have become
invasive weeds. Among the many non-native plants are the buffel grass, ruby dock
and a number of melon plants that were introduced by the early explorers.
Following are some images of the flora found in Central Australia.
Some plants, such as the Red Cabbage Palm can only be found in small localised area,
whilst others such as the spinifex grass can be seen everywhere.