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Ptilotus exaltatus Nees
Family Amaranthaceae
Common name: Tall Mulla Mulla, Showy Foxtail

Ptilotus exaltatus Nees APNI*

Synonyms: Trichinium exaltatum (Nees) Benth. APNI*

Description: Erect perennial to 1.5 m high.

Stems simple or branched, ± glabrous except for axils and young shoots.

Leaves obovate or oblong-lanceolate or spathulate, to 20 cm long, to 5 cm wide, acute, thick. Inflorescence conical lengthening to cylindrical, 3–20 cm long, 3–4.5 cm wide. Bracts hairy especially along midrib, ovate to elliptic, mucronate. Perianth segments c. 20 mm long; outer surface with close woolly hairs, mixed with longer straight hairs towards top third, apex glabrous; inner surface glabrous except for woolly base. Stamens 2 or 3, staminodes 3 or 2. Ovary stalked, hairy at the top.

Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. N.T. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. exaltatus

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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