Ptilotus crispus Benl
Nuytsia 6:319-323,Figs.1,2 (1988)

Conservation Code: Priority One
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Tuesday 5 August 2008

Prostrate, dioecious annual, herb, to 0.02 m high, leaves oblanceolate, elliptical, 2-25 mm long; 0.5-5 mm wide; spike white, ovoid-cylindrical, 3-25 mm long, 2-5 mm wide; bract 0.5-0.6 mm long; bracteole 1-1.1 mm long; tepal 1-1.5 mm long; 5 fertile stamens; ovary glabrous; style straight, 0.08-0.01 mm long, central fixed to ovary. Fl. white, May to Jun. Alluvial soils, yellow sand, sandstone. Rock outcrops, ridge summits, coastal dunes.


Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Northern Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Mitchell.

IMCRA Regions: Kimberley.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
Robert Davis, Thursday 22 December 2016

Prostrate, annual herbs, 1-3cm high. Stems glabrous, or with sparse with nodose hairs. Cauline leaves alternate, oblanceolate, 2-25 mm long, 0.5-5 mm wide, with sparse nodose hairs. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, white, ovoid or cylindrical, 3-25 mm long, 2-4 mm diam. Bracts translucent, broadly ovate, 0.5-0.8 mm long, with sparse nodose hairs near apex. Bracteoles translucent, broadly ovate, 0.9-1.2 mm long, glabrous or with sparse nodose hairs at apex. Outer tepals 1-1.5 mm long, mostly glabrous except for a few sparse nodose hairs near apex; apex hooded, entire; inner tepals 1-1.5 mm long, glabrous within. Staminal cup 0-0.2 mm long, glabrous; fertile stamens 5. Ovary glabrous; style straight, centrally fixed to ovary, 0.08-0.1 mm long. Seeds glossy, dark brown, 0.9-1.1 mm long.