They are an erect sprawling herb that can grow up to 2 metres high. The characteristic flower spikes start off short and then extend into a long narrow cylindrical shape.
Part of the genus Ptilotus, they are part of commonly named Mulla Mullas, that are a group of flowering plants also sometimes called Pussytails, due to their distinctive shaped flower heads.
The plant is a short-lived perennials, native to Australia, common in arid regions on sand dunes, stony and red sandy soils.
- 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
- Ptilotus, Ausemade, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/flora/ptilotus/
- Longtail, Ausemade, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/flora/ptilotus/longtail-ptilotus-polystachyus/
- Redtails, Ausemade, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/flora/ptilotus/red-pussytail-ptilotus-polystachyus/