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Family: Amaranthaceae
Ptilotus nobilis

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 6:227 (1868).

Synonymy: Trichinium nobile Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:23 (1838). , Ptilotus nobilis, Trichinium densum

Common name: Yellow tails.

Perennials with pubescent shoots, soon becoming glabrous except for apical parts and leaf axils; leaves firm, mucronate, more or less undulate, the radical ones long- or short-stalked, subdensely arranged.

Spikes terminal, intensely fragrant when fresh; bract (c. 1.5 cm long) puberulent throughout and usually very dark-brown; perianth 2-2.5 cm long, copiously plumose, dorsal yellowish hairs with underlying short dendroid ones, apices pinkish when young, inner segments with some marginal hairs at the base but not woolly-bearded; stamens to c. 2 cm long, 1 or 2 sterile ones much shorter, cup strongly adnate to the c. 2 mm long perianth tube, free staminal ring very short; ovary stipitate, slightly hairy at the summit, style eccentric.

Published illustration: Benl (1967) Austral. Pl. 4:119.

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

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Stems up to 1 m tall; leaves broad, to 10 x 7.5 cm; spikes elongate, to 22 X 5 cm
var. nobilis 17a.
1. Stems to 0.15 m tall; leaves linear-lanceolate, to 6 X 0.7 cm; spikes turbinate or semiglobose, to 2.5 X 4.4 cm
var. angustifolius 17b.

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