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.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU.
Flowering time: No flowering time is available
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