There is no mistaking the Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii), often seen
during spring for those driving through Australia's outback region. Even more
spectacular is seeing them on mass in full bloom, often seen lining the side of
dirt tracks. For those driving in
Owen Springs Reserve in the Northern Territory
during spring, they provide spectacular flora display along with the many other
This species is quite common on sand plains and dune flanks,
appearing after good rain. They also occur along alluvial sandy soils and along
dry watercourses. The flower heads are on long stems, with hairy grey-green
leaves near the base of the plant.
The Poached Egg Daisy can be seen throughout the arid outback regions, from
Central Australia in the NT, across the Queensland and Victoria border, into New
South Wales and South Australia. Seen in a number of arid zone botanic gardens,
Alice Spring can see them in spring at the
Olive Pink Botanic Garden and the
Alice Springs Desert Park.
Check out our information on
Wildflowers in Central Australia.