Ptilotus clementii (Farmar) Benl Tassel Top
Mitt.Bot.Staatssamml.München 2:405-406 (1958)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Tuesday 5 August 2008

Erect to spreading annual, herb, 0.3-1 m high, leaves lanceolate-elliptic, 15-60 mm long, 4-13 mm wide; spike green, ovoid-cylindrical, nodding, 30-80 mm long, 35-53 mm wide; bract 7.5-10.5 mm long; bracteole 6.6-10 mm long; tepals 18-23 mm long; 5 fertile stamens; ovary glabrous; style, slightly sigmoid, 11.6-18 mm long, centrally fixed to ovary. Fl. green-cream-white, Mar to Nov. Sand, stony clay, laterite. Rocky hills, limestone ridges, undulating plains.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Carnarvon, Central Ranges, Dampierland, Gascoyne, Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara, Tanami.

IBRA Subregions: Ashburton, Cape Range, Carnegie, Central, Chichester, Dune Field, Fortescue, Hamersley, Lateritic Plain, Mackay, Mann-Musgrave Block, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Pindanland, Roebourne, Rudall, South Kimberley Interzone, Tanami P1, Trainor.

IMCRA Regions: Ningaloo.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ashburton, Broome, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Halls Creek, Karratha, Laverton, Meekatharra, Ngaanyatjarraku, Port Hedland, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna.

Scientific Description
R. Davis, Thursday 21 March 2019

Perennial herbs or annuals, stems several, more or less erect, persistently hairy, with nodose hairs. Leaves present, 15-60 mm long, 4-13 mm wide, persistently hairy, with nodose hairs; basal rosette present; cauline leaves alternate. Spikes green, ovoid or cylindrical, solitary, with densely arranged flowers. Bracts 7.5-10.5 mm long, colourless, hairy, awned or mucronate, with a prominent midrib. Bracteoles 6.6-10 mm long, colourless, hairy, awned or mucronate, with a prominent midrib. Outer tepals 18-23 mm long, entire. Inner tepals 17-22 mm long, glabrous within. Style 11.6-18 mm long, straight or sigmoid, centrally fixed to ovary. Seeds (2.1-)2.2-2.3(-2.4) mm long, dull, orange or pale brown. Distribution: Northern and Eremaean Botanical Region; IBRA regions: Carnarvon, Central Ranges, Gascoyne, Gibbson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Pilbara, Tanami, Dampierland, Ord Victoria Plains.