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Ptilotus beardii Benl
Low Mulla Mulla

Nuytsia 2:345-349 (1979)
Conservation Code
Priority Three
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Compact, perennial shrub, 0.15-0.5 m high, leaves linear, 2-10 mm long, 0.5-3 mm wide; spike pink, hemispherical, 15-30 mm long, 20-40 mm wide, 5-8 -flowered; tepals 14-17 mm long; 2 fertile stamens, staminodes 3; ovary glabrous; style slightly curved, 9.9-11.1 mm long, eccentrically fixed to ovary. Fl. pink-red, Aug to Oct. Clayey soils. Saline flats, low breakaways.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 23 June 2008

Scientific Description

Shrubs, stems single, more or less erect, glabrescent, with verticillate hairs. Leaves present, 2-10 mm long, 0.5-3 mm wide, glabrescent, with verticillate hairs; basal rosette absent; cauline leaves alternate. Spikes pink or magenta, hemispherical, solitary, with densely arranged flowers. Bracts 3.7-4.2 mm long, coloured, hairy, awned or mucronate, with a prominent midrib. Bracteoles 5.5-6.5 mm long, coloured, glabrous or hairy, awned or mucronate, with a prominent midrib. Outer tepals 15.2-16.8 mm long, entire. Inner tepals 13.2-15.8 mm long, with a basal tuft of hairs on inner face. Style 9.9-11.1 mm long, curved, obliquely fixed to ovary. Distribution: Eremaean Botanical Region; IBRA regions: Murchison, Yalgoo.

R. Davis, 30 April 2019


IBRA Regions
Murchison, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Murchison, Tallering, Western Murchison.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Cue, Murchison.