Seeds of South Australia
Ptilotus nobilis ssp. angustifolius (Amaranthaceae)
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List of species for Ptilotus
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Seed collecting:
October to January
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [on Sellicks cliffs, Hallett Cove; threatened by weeds & coastal development]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   (Probable Decline)   [taxonomic issues]
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   (Probable Decline)   [taxonomic issues]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   (Probable Decline)   [taxonomic issues]
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   (Probable Decline)   [taxonomic issues]
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. Nobilis means notable or showy; alluding to the species large and showy flower-spike. Angustifolius means narrow leaf.
NEndemic to South Australia and from near Quorn, north-east of Port Augusta, south to Victor Harbor, growing on rocky slopes or hills, occurring in Eucalyptus microcarpa association.
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Low bushy growth herb with several stems unbranched or divided toward the base, arising tuft-like from the rhizome. Leaves considerably narrower and long-decurrent. Flower-spikes with 15 flowers loosely composed with purple flowers. Flowering between October and November. This subspecies is distinguish from subsp. nobilis by its narrow basal leaves with long attenuate bases, the leaf lamina usually less coriaceous than in subsp. nobilis, and its usually shorter and less robust habit. It is vegetatively similar to subsp. semilanatus, but differs in the much longer perianths and styles.
Fruit type:
Ovoid 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.