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The Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii) is a species that is common on sandplains and dunes in the Central Australia region. Named after John McDouall Stuart, the poached egg daisy is an annual that grows up to 50 cm high, has hairy stems, with leaves on the lower part of the stem. The flower appear on a long stem, measuring between 2-4 cm in diameter.

This annual wildflower can often be found in bloom during the winter months, usually June to September.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • (unranked): Angiosperms
  • (unranked): Eudicots
  • (unranked): Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Tribe: Gnaphalieae
  • Genus: Polycalymma
  • Binomial name: Polycalymma stuartii