not sure my photobucket wants to upgrade the image so posting another here
hmmm... I've upgraded the pic... maybe that will help? maybe not?
What is difficult to see is what's not there, the cause for the absolute lack of foliage on the plants, and it is difficult to see without the thing in your hand but was fairly obvious on site. The goats are able to differentiate between the foliage, the flower and the stem and I just marvelled as to how cleanly they were able strip what they wanted and then leave everything else completely in tact, seriously you had to be there, curiously in some cases they took everything except the stalks thicker than say 3mm, so you come across this strange plant looking perfectly natural but made up completely of stalks, anyway, I can see the difference in what other images are avaiable to what I have put up and I am not going to labour the point, there is boubt in my mind too, I am sorry to hijack your thread and I may just put up the image on Gardenweb and see what they say, some of those guys are really good with Id's and my resourses on this genus/species are very limited.
Otherwise, all the usual suspects were there (except the ones most sort after), 2 days at that location and 23 hours of marching around in the sun with a full pack combined with extraordinary heat (at least 50 each day) and a bad case of the runs compliments of Mr McDonald's fishburgers and I was feeling like my life was being sucked out of my arse every time I climbed over one of those dark red sand dunes. Seriously, my throat was so swollen up inside for days after I got back that I could barely breath let alone drink fluids (I haven't gone that close to to wall since the time I got lost in the Simpson Desert).
Realizing that I wouldn't be physically able to sustain another day of that sort of self abuse I decided to spend my remaining time hunting down places of 'potential habitat' so I headed down south and checked out some areas around the major and minor anabranch of the Darling River where I found some interesting things (rivermints, fields of thousands of puffballs?), then I hopped across the border into SA were I found a few promising looking areas that I have noted for future exploration.
I did bring back a few samples of things of interest such as Wilga and Leapard wood and at this time of year there is just absolute shitloads of 'Poor Man's Pituri' around (N. excelsior), with this latter plant, I brought back some seed with me from my last trip (Nov-04) and have got some adaults plants already in the hothouse so I didn't bring back any foliage just seed.