The Blue Pincushion (Brunonia australis) is named in reference to the protruding pin-like styles sticking up above the blue petals.

The Brunoniaceae (of the Brunonia genus), are tufted perennial herb with striking cornflower-blue  flower heads on a usually leafless unbranched stalks measuring between 10-35 cm high. Leaves are mainly basal and oblanceolate.

They are found growing on sandplains and dunes, although widespread, and are not very common. The following images are from spectacular wildflower display in the Alice Springs region, found in clusters and among other wildflowers such as the longtails.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Goodeniaceae
  • Genus: Brunonia
  • Species: B. australis
  • Binomial name: Brunonia australis