Rabbit-tails
Mature Flower
Ellura
Pussy-tails
Plant
 
                      
Pussy-tails (Ptilotus spathulatus)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Pussy-tails (Ptilotus spathulatus)
This Photo:     Plant
Synonym: Ptilotus spathulatus forma spathulatus
Other names: Cat's Paw or Mulla Mulla

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
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 © 2012-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Aug-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)