Pterocaulon sphacelatum

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Pterocaulon sphacelatum
Pterocaulon sphacelatum habit.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Plucheeae
Genus: Pterocaulon
Species: P. sphacelatum
Binomial name
Pterocaulon sphacelatum

Pterocaulon sphacelatum is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It is found only in Australia, where it is known as "Fruit-salad Plant" or "Applebush", as well as other Aboriginal names.


Its natural habitat is subtropical dry continental grasslands. It is a 20–120 cm self–seeding biennial forb. It has spherical pinkish flowerheads. This plant is relatively common in Alice Springs.[1]

The "Applebush" is an aromatic plant is used in Australian Aboriginal medicine.[2]