Flora | Flora Index | Ptilotus

Listed under the mulla mullas, the Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) is the red form of the Long Tails, which are usually pale green-yellow in colour. Red Pussytail is the local name for this variant of the Long Tail.

They are an erect, sometimes sprawling herb that can grow up to 2 metres high. Characterised by its flower spikes, that start off short and extend into a long narrow cylinder shape.

The Mulla Mullas are a group of flowering plants also sometimes called Pussytails, due to their distinctive shaped flower heads.

The plant is quite common on sand dunes, stony and red sandy soils.

Common name
Red Pussytails, pussytails, Red Longtails.

The Red Pussytail can often be found growing on mass across an area.

Part of the Mulla Mullas group, being flowering plants that are also sometimes called Pussytails, due to their distinctive shaped flower heads.


  • 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 polystachyus (Gaudich.) F.Muell. Prince of Wales Feather, FloraBase, the WEstern Australian Flora, https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/2751  (accessed December 24, 2020).