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Ptilotus schwartzii (F.Muell.) Tate

Trans.& Proc.Roy.Soc.South Australia 12:82 (1889)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Perennial, herb or shrub, 0.2-1 m high, stems slender, wiry, glaucous, irregularly spreading. Fl. white-pink-purple, Mar to Oct. Sand or sandy clay. Sandplains, near streams.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 31 August 1999

Scientific Description

Shrubs, stems single or several, more or less erect, glabrescent or glabrous, with nodose hairs. Leaves present or absent, (5-)8-25(-30) mm long, (0.7-)0.8-1 mm wide, glabrous; basal rosette absent; cauline leaves alternate. Spikes pink, ovoid or cylindrical, solitary, with densely arranged flowers. Bracts (2.2-)3-4.5(-4.6) mm long, coloured or colourless, hairy, awned or mucronate, with an obscure or a prominent midrib. Bracteoles (3-)3.2-4(-4.1) mm long, colourless, hairy, awned or mucronate, with a prominent midrib. Outer tepals (5.5-)7.6-8.1(-8.5) mm long, entire. Inner tepals (5.2-)7.1-7.9(-8) mm long, with a basal tuft of hairs on inner face. Style (1.5-)2.5-3 mm long, straight, centrally fixed to ovary. Seeds (1.3-)1.4-1.5 mm long, glossy, brown. Distribution: South West, Northern and Eremaean Botanical Region; IBRA regions: Central Kimberley.

R. Davis, 30 April 2019


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Carnarvon, Central Ranges, Coolgardie, Gascoyne, Geraldton Sandplains, Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Ashburton, Augustus, Carnegie, Central, Chichester, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Edel, Fortescue, Geraldton Hills, Hamersley, Lateritic Plain, Mackay, Mann-Musgrave Block, Mardabilla, McLarty, Merredin, Purnululu, Rudall, Shield, Southern Cross, Tallering, Trainor, Western Murchison, Wooramel.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Ashburton, Carnarvon, Cue, Dundas, East Pilbara, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Menzies, Mingenew, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Ngaanyatjarraku, Northampton, Perenjori, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna, Yalgoo, Yilgarn.