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)

The Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus) belong to the genus Calocephalus, which comes from the Greek kalos meaning beautiful and kephalus meaning heads. There are two native species of Calocephalus found growing in Central Australia and Northern Territory. The other is Calocephalus knappii.

Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

The yellow ‘Billy buttons‘ are one of the popular flowering native plants found in Central Australia. Also a popular planting in botanic and other garden setting, including Olive Pink Botanic Garden and the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Tribe: Gnaphalieae
  • Genus: Calocephalus
  • Species: Calocephalus platycephalus
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

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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