Common name: Small Purple Foxtail
Ptilotus leucocomus (Moq.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Spreading perennial herb to c. 30 cm high, with a woody rootstock.
Leaves cauline, linear-lanceolate, 1–3 cm long.
Inflorescence cylindrical, 2–2.5 cm long, to 1 cm diam. Bracts obtuse or truncate, occasionally the midvein excurrent, glabrous. Perianth segments 5–6 mm long, outer surface pubescent except for the truncate apices, inner surface woolly at the base, glabrous above. Stamens 5. Ovary stalked, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but commonly associated with Mulga.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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