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
- Ptilotus macrocephalus, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptilotus_macrocephalus (accessed December 24, 2020).
- 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.