Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Known as the Upside-down Plant (Leptosema chambersii), this is an unusual plant that grows to about 40 cm high with small stiff, upright, intricately branched leafless stems.

A rounded looking shrub that can be found growing in spinifex sand plains, it has large red pea shape flowers that grow from the base of the plant in small clusters. The flowers nectar are eaten by birds and the local Indigenous people.

Flowering usually in the cooler months of the year. These photos were taken at Kata-Tjuta (Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park) in June.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Rosids
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Subfamily: Faboideae
  • Genus: Leptosema
  • Species: L. chambersii
  • Binomial name: Leptosema chambersii