Ptilotus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial or annual subshrubs or herbs, mostly pubescent, with simple or branched hairs. Leaves alternate on branches and/or rosetted at base. Inflorescence a compact to elongate spike. Flowers bisexual, often brightly coloured, each subtended by a scarious bract and 2 bracteoles; perianth of 5 equal, stiff, linear segments, free or shortly fused near base, variously hairy on the outer surface except at the tips, glabrous or hairy within; stamens 5, but up to 3 reduced and sterile, fused into a membranous cup encircling the ovary and largely or wholly adnate to the perianth, occasionally the stamens alternating with staminode-like lobes; ovary usually shortly stipitate, 1-locular, 1-ovulate; style simple. Fruit a nut remaining enclosed by the persistent perianth.

Almost entirely Australian genus of c. 100 species (1 extending to southern Malaysia), chiefly of arid or semi-arid regions.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Amaranthaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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