(And before going on, if you read the last posting, on animals of the desert, you might be interested in looking at the unexpected solution to the mysterious mud pellets surrounding the burrows in the salt of Lake Mackay!)
|Black Gidgee Acacia pruinocarpa is a striking desert tree, whose distribution is centred on |
the Great Sandy Desert.
|The distinctive large leathery foliage of Black Gidgee.|
|A small clump of Wirewood growing on a spinifex plain.|
|Wirewood foliage and flowers; central desert people eat the seeds whole, and as flour.|
|Whitewood is an excellent shade tree in country where shade is in short supply;|
I remember some good camps in its shelter.
|Lolly Bush Clerodendrum floribundum Family Verbenaceae is a small tree found right|
across northern Australia, in wetter as well as arid zones.
Despite the name and the attractive-looking fruit, they are not edible.
|Desert Poplar Codonocarpus cotonifolius Family Gyrostemonaceae is more familiar|
in southern arid lands, though there are also outliers to the west of the Great Sandy.
|Eucalyptus (or Corymbia) deserticola - ie 'desert dwelling' - is found scattered|
across the more northern deserts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
|The distinctive fruit and leaves of E. deserticola. Like some other eucalypts, it retains its|
juvenile leaves, which are opposite and clasp around the stem.
I've introduced the Proteaceous genus Hakea before in an earlier blog; a couple of species thrive in the arid sandiness of the central deserts.
|Fork-leaved Corkwood Hakea divaricata, above and below.|
Another central desert specialist.
|Corkwood Hakea lorea, above and below.|
The corkiness of the bark (not really the wood) is evident above.
|Goodenia centralis, as the name suggests, of the central (and western) deserts.|
|This Goodenia, above and below, I can't find in any of my books. Advice welcomed!|
|Desert Snow, or Snow Flakes Macgregoria racemigera Family Celastraceae somewhat surprisingly (formerly Stackhousiaceae) growing near the shores of the salty Lake Mackay. Thanks for this one Bevan (see below).|
|Again my thanks to Bevan (comments below) for solving this mystery.|
It's one I'd never heard of, a Peplidium sp., family Phrymaceae (likewise!).
But it's probably best for my self-esteem to end with a couple that I am reasonably confident about!
|A samphire, Tecticornia verrucosa. It is apparently a source of edible seeds prized by desert Aboriginal people.|
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