Pink Mulla Mulla
Flower Close Up
Murray Mallee Region
Rabbit-tails
Green
 
    
Pink Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Pink Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus)
This Photo:     Flower with old Fruit

Thank you Darren Schmitke for identifying this species for us

Thank you Dr Miguel de Salas for helping with the identification of this species

Thank you Dr Timothy Hammer for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
Darren invited us to a local reserve to show us some stunning species exploding after a fire 2.5 years ago. When we found this Darren told us it was Mulla Mulla.
However trying to nail down the binomial name presented a challenge.
It turns out the taxonomy of Ptilotus has been a bit of a mess. Some on-line systems still haven't caught up. At one point this was P. exaltatus var. exaltatus, then was moved to Ptilotus nobilis ssp. nobilis, but then the other sub-species of P. nobilis were moved elsewhere and this defaulted to P. nobilis.
Miguel highlighted this to us on iNaturalist.
Then Timothy wrote a paper clarifying it's taxonomic position back to P. exaltatus.
Well at least the common name didn't change
LOL

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Sep-2020
This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)