Common name: Smoke Bush, Cotton Bush
Ptilotus obovatus (Gaudich.) F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Ptilotus obovatus (Gaudich.) F.Muell. var. lancifolius Benl APNI*
Ptilotus obovatus (Gaudich.) F.Muell. var. obovatus APNI*
Trichinium lanatum Lindl. APNI*
Description: Small perennial shrub to 1 m high; stems and foliage white-tomentose with simple and stellate hairs.
Leaves obovate to lanceolate or elliptic, elliptic, 1–4 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, apex either notched and/or mucronate or obtuse; petiolate.
Inflorescence globose to short-cylindrical, 1–3 cm long, < 1.5 cm diam., terminal, pink to grey. Bracts ovate, ± hairy, especially towards the base, acuminate to mucronate. Perianth segments 7–10 mm long, truncate, toothed at apex; outer surface hairy with long white hairs, apex glabrous; inner surface glabrous. Stamens 3 or 4, staminodes 2 or 1. Ovary shortly stalked, sparsely hairy at summit.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in inland districts.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Flowers tinged pink; perianth densely covered with long white hairs||var. obovatus|
|Flowers silvery-grey; perianth sparsely hairy||var. parviflorus|
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