Common name: Hairy Heads, Hairy Tails
Ptilotus erubescens Schltdl. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial with a woody rootstock, stems to c. 25 cm high, hairy especially when young.
Leaves cauline, erect, linear to broad-linear, to 3 cm long, to 3 mm wide, acute, with scattered hairs.
Inflorescence globose or ovoid, 2–3 cm diam. Bracts ovate, acute, with scattered hairs. Perianth segments acute, c. 12 mm long; outer surface densely long-hairy; inner surface woolly at the base, the remainder with scattered hairs. Stamens 4, staminode 1. Ovary sessile, tomentose.
Distribution and occurrence: Chiefly in the Yanco - Deniliquin district, on red earth soils.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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