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Broad-leaf parakeelya

Broad-leaf parakeelya

Calandrinia balonensis

Family: Portulacaceae

Succulent annual herb with dense, bright green fleshy foliage. Flowers are hot pink-purple with five petals and appear above the foliage on slender stems. They have a prominent yellow centre and open during the daytime, closing just before sunset.

Leaves are wider than most other parakeelyas, usually 5 to 10mm wide and 50 to 100mm long with a prominent, impressed midvein.

Common in the red sand country, particularly amongst spinifex.

Where to find this plant at Alice Springs Desert Park

These beautiful plants are popping up throughout the Sand Country habitat.

Moore, P., 2005. A Guide to Plants of Inland Australia, Reed New Holland, Sydney

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