Ptilotus beardii Benl Low Mulla Mulla
Nuytsia 2:345-349 (1979)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Monday 23 June 2008

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.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province.

IBRA Regions: Murchison, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Eastern Murchison, Tallering, Western Murchison.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Cue, Murchison.

Scientific Description
Robert Davis, Thursday 22 December 2016

Compact or open, shrubs, 15-50 cm high. Stems with sparse verticillate hairs. Cauline leaves alternate, lanceolate, oblancelate or elliptical, 2-10 mm long, 0.5-3 mm wide, with sparse, verticillate hairs. Inflorescences terminal, solitary, pink or magenta, hemispherical, 15-30 mm long, 25-40 mm diam. 5-12 flowers per head. Bracts translucent, ovate, 3.7-4.2 mm long, with sparse verticillate hairs. Bracteoles translucent, broadly ovate, 5.5-6.5 mm long, with sparse verticillate hairs. Outer tepals 15.2-16.8 mm long, hairy except at the apex, with verticillate hairs, the hairs not exceeding apex, the apex truncate, rounded or apiculate, entire; inner tepals 13.2-15.8 mm long, glabrous within. Staminal cup 0.8-1.5 mm long, hairy, fertile stamens 2; staminodes 3. Ovary glabrous; style curved, obliquely fixed to ovary, 9.9-11.1 mm long.