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: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Tuesday 31 August 1999

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.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province, South-West Province.

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, Avon Wheatbelt P1, Carnegie, Central, Chichester, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Edel, Fortescue, Geraldton Hills, Hamersley, Lateritic Plain, Mackay, Mann-Musgrave Block, Mardabilla, McLarty, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Shield, 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, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna, Yalgoo.

Scientific Description
R. Davis, Thursday 21 March 2019

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: Geraldton Sandplain, Carnarvon, Central Ranges, Coolgardie, Gascoyne, Gibbson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison, Pilbara, Central Kimberley.