Ptilotus obovatus (Gaudich.) F.Muell.

Fragm. 6: 228 (1868) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Weakly shrubby perennial to c. 1 m high and wide. Stems and leaves appearing grey or whitish from a dense stellate indumentum. Leaves obovate, 1–4 cm long, 4–15 mm wide, scattered along branches, the lower ones petiolate. Spikes hemispherical to shortly cylindric, 1–2.5 cm long, 1.5–2 cm diam., dense, white or pink; bract ovate, 2–3 mm long, obtuse or broadly acute, brown, pubescent; bracteoles broadly lanceolate, acute, c. 1 mm longer than bract; perianth 7–10 mm long; tepals free almost to base, outer surface densely covered with long silky hairs, inner surface glabrous; fertile stamens 3 or 4; ovary subsessile, pubescent about the apex, style eccentric. Flowers mainly Jun.–Nov.

MuM. All mainland States. Known in Victoria by 2 or 3 collections (all pre-1900) labelled ‘Wimmera’, ‘Mallee district’ and ‘Murray River’, a 1995 collection from Robinvale, and 3 recent collections from Bambill South, and Yarrara Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-02-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Amaranthaceae
genus Ptilotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Ptilotus obovatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ptilotus obovatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory