Ptilotus chrysocomus R.W.Davis
Nuytsia 15:221-224,Fig.1 (2004)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Tuesday 5 August 2008

Compact, perenial, woody shrub, to 1 m high, leaves bunched at shoots, oblanceolate, 3-10 mm long, 0.5-1 mm long; spikes yellow, ovoid-orbicular, 6-12 mm long, 6-10 mm wide; bracts 0.8-1 mm long; bracteoles 1.8-2.2 mm long; tepals 3.4-4 mm long; 5 fertile stamens; ovary glabrous, style 1.4-1.8 mm long, sigmoid, centrally fixed to ovary. Fl. yellow, Aug to Sep. Brown sandy clays. Bases of breakaways, rocky scree slopes.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province.

IBRA Regions: Gascoyne, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison.

IBRA Subregions: Carnegie, Eastern Murchison, Trainor.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Wiluna.

Scientific Description
Robert Davis, Thursday 22 December 2016

Erect, shrubs, 40-100 cm high. Stems glabrous. Cauline leaves alternate or fasciculate at dwarf stem shoots, oblanceolate, 3-10 mm long, 0.5-1 mm wide, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal or clustered, yellow or straw-coloured, ovoid or orbicular, 6-12 mm long, 6-10 mm diam. Bracts brown, 0.8-1 mm long, with sparse nodose hairs; apex rounded. Bracteoles light brown to translucent, obovate, 1.8-2.2 mm long, with nodose hairs, mostly at apex; apex rounded, with an obscure midrib. Outer tepals 3.4-4 mm long, hairy throughout, with nodose hairs, the hairs exceeding apex, the apex hooded, entire; inner tepals 3.6-4.2 mm long, glabrous within. Staminal cup 0.5-0.8 mm long, glabrous; fertile stamens 5. Ovary glabrous; style sigmoid, centrally fixed to ovary, 1.4-1.8 mm long.