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)

Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia is a variety of the species Polycarpaea corymbosa. These are an erect herb that is a pubescent plant. Pubescent describes the fine, short soft down hair covering the leaves and stems of a plant, that aids in lowering the leaf temperature and transpiration rates.

Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

See more in our Flora section on the Wildflowers of Central Australia.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • Genus: Polycarpaea
  • Species: Polycarpaea corymbosa
    • Variety: Polycarpaea corymbosa (L.) Lam. var. corymbosa
    • Variety: Polycarpaea corymbosa var. minor Pedley
    • Variety: Polycarpaea corymbosa var. torrensis Pedley

Footnote & References

  1. Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club, https://www.facebook.com/groups/alicefieldnats
  2. Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club Newsletter, March 2016, p6, http://alicefieldnaturalists.org.au/16_03.pdf
  3. Polycarpaea corymbosa (L.) Lam., Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2896066
  4. Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia, 21°45’22.201″S, 133°47’51.472″E (Anmatjere NT 0872), author Mark Marathon, 4 February 2017, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polycarpaea_corymbosa_var_brevifolia.jpg

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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