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Ptilotus polystachyus (Gaudich.) F.Muell. var. polystachyus Family Amaranthaceae
Common name: Long Tails

Ptilotus polystachyus var. polystachyus (Gaudich.) F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb to 1 m high, stems simple to much branched, shortly hairy at first, becoming glabrous.

Leaves linear or lanceolate, to 10 cm long, 3–6 mm wide, margins undulate.

Inflorescence cylindrical, 4–15 cm long, 2.5–3 cm diam., terminal, yellowish green. Bracts broad-ovate, obtuse or shortly mucronate, glabrous, shining. Perianth segments acute, 12–16 mm long; outer surface hairy, glabrous towards apex; inner surface glabrous. Stamens 3 or 4, staminodes 2 or 1. Ovary glabrous, subsessile.


Distribution and occurrence: Common in drier inland areas.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***


The single variety in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.

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