The Genus Calandrinia, known as parakeelyas is
made up of approximately 150 species, with Australia home to about 40 species.
In Central Australia and the Northern Territory there are about 11 specieis.
the almost fluorescent purple petals and bright yellow centre, they are hard to
miss. Some species are so similar that they are difficult
to tell apart and can only be identified through closer inspection of the petals,
stamens, stigmas and seeds.
One of the more commonly seen variety in Central
Australia is the Broad-leaf Parakeelya
which can be identified by the 5 notched purple petals, the many stamens and 3
stigma branches with a short style.