Pink Mulla Mulla
Flower Close Up
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Pink Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus)|
|This Photo:||Flower with old Fruit|
Thank you Darren Schmitke & Dr Timothy Hammer for identifying and Dr Miguel de Salas for helping with the id of 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