Common name: White Foxtail, Tangled Mulla Mulla
Ptilotus latifolius R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Ptilotus latifolius R.Br. var. latifolius APNI*
Description: Hemispherical annual or short-lived perennial to c. 1 m high, stems and leaves hairy when young, glabrescent with age.
Leaves cauline, obovate, 1–3 cm long, petiolate.
Inflorescence globose or ovoid, 1–2 cm diam., white, either axillary and sessile or terminal and pedunculate. Bracts obtuse, mucronate or entire, hairy at the base. Perianth segments 4–6 mm long, acute, spathulate, outer surface woolly-hairy except for the glabrous apices, inner surface glabrous. Stamens 5. Ovary sessile, wrinkled, laterally compressed.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon on red dunes of the far north-west.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
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