in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 630 (1845) APNI
Annual or short-lived perennial herb to c. 1 m high, arising from a fleshy, simple or little-branched taproot. Stems villous to glabrescent. Basal leaves lanceolate, oblanceolate or spathulate, shortly attenuate at base, the largest 50–120 mm long, 20–50 mm wide, glabrous to villous, with a terminal mucro 1–3 mm long, margins sometimes undulate; stem leaves similar but smaller. Spike erect, usually cylindrical, (5–)15–55(–80) mm long, 30–50 mm diam., dense, pink to mauve; bract ovate, 5–10 mm long, with mucro c. 0.5 mm long; bracteoles broad-ovate, equal to or slightly exceeding bract; perianth 17–22 mm long; tepals united at base into a hardened cup c. 2 mm long, otherwise free, outer surface with long, silky hairs, overlying a denser layer of short barbed hairs that extend to the base (where slightly longer), inner surface glabrous except for a loose woolly tuft at base; fertile stamens 3; ovary supported on stipe as long as basal cup of perianth, sparsely pubescent at summit, style 11.5–15 mm long, eccentric to central. Flowers Oct.–Jan.
LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, Wim. All mainland States. Occurring mainly on sandy soils in mallee communities of north-west Victoria.
Previously included in a broader concept of P. nobilis (e.g. Bean 2008).
Bean, A.R. (2008). A synopsis of Ptilotus (Amaranthaceae) in eastern Australia, Telopea 12(2): 240.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|