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Family: Amaranthaceae
Ptilotus exaltatus

Citation: Nees in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:630 (1845).

Synonymy: Trichinium exaltatum (Nees)Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:227 (1870). , Ptilotus exaltatus, Ptilotus nobilis

Common name: Pink mulla mulla.

Annual or perennial herbs arising from a thick woody rhizome, stems and foliage hirsute becoming glabrous except for upper parts and leaf axils; leaves firm, apiculate, often with undulate margins, sometimes reddish-tinged as may also be the stems, lower ones petiolate.

Spikes solitary, terminal, reddish-purple to mauve; bracts and bracteoles conspicuous; bract ovate-lanceolate, often dark-brown in young spikes; bracteoles broader, with uncoloured wings; perianth to c. 2 cm long; perianth-segments plumose with loose denticulate-nodose white hairs and dendroid hairlets beneath, the glabrous apices fading to rosy and stramineous, inner perianth-segments with marginal hairs above the tube; stamens unequal, 1-3 shorter and sterile, filaments initially purple, staminal cup strongly adnate to the perianth tube, with a short free ring; ovary more or less hairy on the top, style eccentric, pink toward the brownish stigma.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

SA Distribution Map based
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specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Leaves oblong to spathulate; spikes at length cylindrical
var. exaltatus 10a.
1. Leaves linear; spikes shorter than broad, or globular
var. semilanatus l0b.

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