Common name: Silver-tails, Crimson Foxtail
Ptilotus sessilifolius (Lindl.) Benl APNI*
Synonyms: Ptilotus atriplicifolius (A.Cunn. ex Moq.) Benl APNI*
Trichinium elderi Farmar APNI*
Trichinium sessilifolium Lindl. APNI*
Ptilotus sessilifolius (Lindl.) Benl var. sessilifolius APNI*
Ptilotus atriplicifolius (A.Cunn. ex Moq.) Benl var. atriplicifolius APNI*
Ptilotus sessilifolius var. elderi (Farmar) Benl APNI*
Ptilotus atriplicifolius var. elderi (Farmar) Benl APNI*
Ptilotus elderi (Farmar) Benl APNI*
Description: Hemispherical shrubby perennial to 1 m high, stems densely tomentose.
Leaves obovate, 1–5 cm long, to 4 cm wide, acute to obtuse, basal leaves petiolate, cauline leaves only slightly petiolate.
Spikes globose, sometimes ovoid, to c. 3 cm diam., pinkish. Bracts obtuse, mucronate or entire, woolly-hairy along the darker midrib. Perianth segments acute with the apex truncate, 10–13 mm long, outer surface hirsute, inner surface woolly at the base, pubescent above. Stamens 3, staminodes 2. Ovary glabrous, stipitate.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland communities.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
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