Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris), other common name is Wiry Podolepis. Whilst Podolepis capillaris (Steetz) Diels is the accepted name, it is treated as Siemssenia capillaris (Steetz) in the Northern Territory.

Found in mallee and arid woodland communities on sandy soils. The images pictured here were in Central Australia at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Siemssenia capillaris, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Siemssenia capillaris, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

Flowers between July to November. These photos taken in the month of September.

Siemssenia capillaris, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Siemssenia capillaris, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Siemssenia capillaris, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Siemssenia capillaris, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Genus: Siemssenia
  • Species: Siemssenia capillaris

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Asteranae
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Genus: Podolepis
  • Species: Podolepis capillaris

Footnote & References

  1. Thanks for ID from member of Alice Springs Field Naturalist Club, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/alicefieldnats/
  2. Podolepis capillaris (Steetz) Diels, Invisible Plant, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2909953
  3. Podolepis capillaris, eFloraSA, Electronic Flora of South Australia, http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/cgi-bin/speciesfacts_display.cgi?form=speciesfacts&name=Podolepis_capillaris

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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