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Wild Flowers of Central Australia
Blue Pincushion
Brunonia australis

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

Its common name of Blue Pincushion refers to the protruding pin-like styles sticking up above the blue petals.

Found growing on sandplains and dunes, although widespread, is 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.

Wild Flowers in Central Australia

Blue Pincushion

Blue Pincushion (Brunonia australis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Blue Pincushion (Brunonia australis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Blue Pincushion (Brunonia australis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

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