Pink Mulla Mulla on a stony plain, Cravens Peak Station, Australia
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Spring into spring. Pretty in pink
Surviving the Aussie heat can difficult for the best of us, but for the Ptilotus Exaltatus, it’s no sweat. More commonly known as the Pink Mulla Mulla, the plant actually excels in dry Australian conditions that would shrivel your average bunch, and is commonly found growing on rocky slopes and sand dunes. As we enter spring, the Mulla Mulla begins to develop wonderfully pink flower heads – a colour which almost resembles that of fairy floss. This particular set of Pink Mulla Mulla are on the northern edge of Queensland’s Simpson Desert, a region known for being largely uninhabited and arid, covering a distance of around 143,000 square km. In fact, most parts of the desert are only treated to 125 mm or less of precipitation annually, so as the temperature starts to rise, just think of the humble Mulla Mulla.