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Electronic Flora of South Australia infraspecific Fact Sheet

Family: Amaranthaceae
Ptilotus exaltatus var. exaltatus

Synonymy: Trichinium burtonii Bailey, Dept Agr. Brisbane Bull. 7:14 (1891).

Common name: Tall mulla mulla, showy fox tail, lambs tails, ox bush.

Vigorous plant to 1.5 m tall, very variable in habit, up to 30 or more stems erect to spreading, irregularly branched usually in the upper part; leaves semisucculent, bright- to greyish-green, partly reddish-tinted, basal ones (up to 30) oblong-lanceolate, obovate, or more often broadly spathulate, mucronate, long-petiolate, to 20 x 9 cm, stem-leaves subsessile, to 8 x 4.5 cm.

Iridescent spikes conical lengthening to cylindrical, to 20 rarely 30 cm long when fully opened; bract to 1.2 cm long, hairy; inner perianth-segments copiously woolly-bearded, tube to 2.3 mm long; staminal ring ciliate; ovary longstipitate.

Published illustration: Diels & Pritzel (1904) Bot. Jb. 35:fig. 22; Gardner (1972) Western Australian wildflowers A:45.

Distribution:    This showy plant ranging up to a subshrub at times, is locally abundant in all mainland States.

Flowering time: at any time of the year.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available

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