Flora | Flora Index | Ptilotus

The Large Green Pussytail (Ptilotus macrocephalus), sometimes known just as Green Pussytails or Featherheads, is a member of the Genus Ptilotus and has a large flower head (spike) with a yellow-greenish tinge.

The Large Green Pussytail are found growing in a variety of habitats including on rocky slopes, gravelly, clayey or stony plains, along roadsides and grey-brown swampy soils. The leaves are linear to narrowly lanceolate.

Thought to be distributed throughout most of mainland Australia, more current research confine Ptilotus macrocephalus to south-eastern South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. New studies have determined that arid central and western Australia have a distinct species named Ptilotus xerophilus.1,2


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

Footnote & References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, “Ptilotus macrocephalus,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ptilotus_macrocephalus&oldid=947497746 (accessed December 24, 2020).
  2. Hammer, Timothy; Davis, Robert; Thiele, Kevin (8 May 2019). “Of a different feather: two new species of featherheads from the Ptilotus macrocephalus (Amaranthaceae) complex”. Australian Systematic Botany. 32 (1): 61–70. doi:10.1071/SB18065.