Common name: Pussytails, Cats Paws
Ptilotus spathulatus (R.Br.) Poir. APNI*
Synonyms: Ptilotus spathulatus f. spathulatus (R.Br.) Poir. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial; stems 5–20 cm long, sparsely hairy.
Basal leaves spathulate, 2–5 cm long, to 1 cm wide, glabrous; cauline leaves smaller.
Inflorescence cylindrical, 3–7 cm long, 2–2.5 cm diam., terminal, greenish. Bracts ovate to lanceolate, sparsely hairy. Perianth 10–14 mm long; outer surface long-hairy, greenish with yellow apices; inner surface woolly below, glabrous above. Stamens 3, staminodes 2, filaments half the length of perianth segments. Ovary stalked, hairy at summit; style less than half the length of the perianth segments.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon, but widespread in winter rainfall zone.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
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