Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Desert heath myrtle, or pukara, is a small woody shrub that forms dense stands on the slopes of sand dunes.

Pukara have small compact leaves with no stems and produce small white and pink flowers in winter.


On winter mornings, Anangu women would beat pukara bushes over a wooden bowl to collect the dew, which contained sweet nectar.

Scientific name

Thryptomene maisonneuvei

Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara name