Australian Native Plants

  Ptilotus obovatus (Silver-tails)


Ptilotus obovatus photo
Ptilotus obovatus (labelled), Geelong Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




SILVER-TAILS FACTS

distribution map showing range of Ptilotus obovatus in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Silver-tails

Other Names
Cotton Bush

Description
Silver-tails is a dense shrub or sub-shrub growing to one metre tall. The leaves are elliptical and grow to about 4cm long and 2 cm wide. It produces round clusters of pink tipped white flowers in winter, spring and summer, although flowering period varies according to locality and climate. The leaves and flowers are covered hairs giving it a woolly appearance.

Height
1m

Spread
1m

Habitat
found in a variety of habitats across drier area of inland Australia

Distribution
Ptilotus obovatus is found across much of Australia except the far north and southern Victoria and Tasmania. It is found in Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia., New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory,

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Ptilotus
Species:obovatus
Common Name:Silver-tails