Rabbit-tails
Mature Flower
Ellura
Pussy-tails
Whole Plant
 
    
Pussy-tails (Ptilotus spathulatus)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Small Bluebush & Saltbush
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Pussy-tails (Ptilotus spathulatus)
This Photo:     Whole Plant
Synonym: Ptilotus spathulatus forma spathulatus
Other names: Cat's Paw, Mulla Mulla

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Small sprawling forb with green, purple and red coloured leaves.
The "flowers" grow on the end of long stems that lay on the ground well away from the root. They then stand up like little x-mas trees. The flowers are soft and don't have petals. They look more like seed heads.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Aug-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)