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Characterised by the erect flower spikes, that start off short and then extends into a long narrow cylinder shape, the Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) can be a sprawling herb, that can grow up to 2 metres in height.

The flower spikes are usually pale green-yellow, almost straw-coloured (the perianth tips sometimes has a reddish-tinged), later turning brownish. There is also a red-brown form known locally as the Red Pussytail.

The Longtails are listed under the genus Ptilotus that are commonly called the Mulla-mulla group of wildflowers. They are a short-lived perennials, native to Australia and usually found mainly growing in arid environments.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Genus: Ptilotus
  • Species: P. polystachyus
  • Binomial name: Ptilotus polystachyus

Footnote & References

  1. Ptilotus, Ausemade, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/flora/ptilotus/
  2. Longtail, Ausemade, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/flora/ptilotus/longtail-ptilotus-polystachyus/