Alice Springs Desert Park

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Seen growing scattered throughout the Alice Springs Desert Park, the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), formerly known as Helichrysum bracteatum, are a perennial daisy that are found growing across a variety of habitats stretching from sub-alpine areas, rainforest margins and arid desert regions.

An erect perennial plant with their distinctive papery bracts (resembling petals) are hairy and rough to the touch. They are a food source for a variety of insects including butterflies, moths, hoverflies, beetles, grasshoppers and native bees. Insects are often seen feeding in the flower heads.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Genus: Xerochrysum
  • Species: X. bracteatum
  • Binomial name: Xerochrysum bracteatum
  • Synonyms:
    • Bracteantha bracteata
    • Helichrysum bracteatum
    • Helichrysum lucidum
    • Helichrysum chrysanthum