Seeds of South Australia
Ptilotus incanus (Amaranthaceae)
Grey Fox-tail
List of species for Ptilotus
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Seed collecting:
September to January
Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA regions
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [could be more records]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [could be more records]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern   [could be more records]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Ptilotus]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
Ptilotus from the Greek 'ptilotos' meaning feathered or winged; referring to the hairy flowers. Incanus from Latin meaning grayish-white; referring to its appearance.
Found in the north-western part of South Australia, growing on rocky hills with eucalypts or acacia and Triodia. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Rare in Queensland. Common in Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Plant description:
Shrubs with ascending to erect stems covered in dense hairs. Leaves lanceolate-ovate on short-petiolate. Flower-spikes small terminal cluster with hairy white flowers tinged with pink. Flowering between April and December.
Fruit type:
Whitish globular head containing numerous long papery and hairy fruits, each containing one seed.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Be very careful when collecting this species as the fruits contain fine hairs that may cause an allergic reaction for some people. Collect the fruit heads when dried to a pale straw colour. Each fruit should come off the head easily when fingers are rubbed up the stem. Collect more fruits than required as not all fruits will have a viable seed.
Seed cleaning:
Be very careful when cleaning this species as the fruits contain fine hairs that may cause an allergic reaction for some people. To clean, rub the fruit heads gently to dislodge the seed at the base of each fruit. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.