- Plant Type: Annual herb.
- Common Names: Mulla Mulla, Lamb’s Tail, Pink Pussy Tails, Tall Mulla Mulla.
- Color: Pink to Purple.
- Flower Dimensions: The spikes can be up to 5.9 inches long. The outer tepals are 0.83 to 1.1 inches long. The inner tepals are 0.77 to 0.96 inches long.
- Flowering Season: July to December.
Ptilotus exaltatus is an annual herb endemic to Australia. This plant is a member of the order Caryophyllales.
- Mulla Mulla is an erect plant that can grow to a height of around 1.2 meters.
- The leaves of the Mulla Mulla are leathery light green to blue-green. Occasionally, it has reddish tones. The cauline leaves are alternate.
- The spikes are solitary, ovoid, or cylindrical. So it is with densely arranged flowers. Therefore, the flowers of the Mulla Mulla resemble bottlebrushes.
- The blossom of Mulla Mulla starts silver. Then, at maturity, it turns neon pink near the tips.
- The P. exaltatus species thrives in full sun with rich, sharply-drained soil. In addition, they are heat and drought-tolerant plants.
Where can Mulla Mulla be mostly spotted?
Interesting Facts about Mulla Mulla
- Ptilotus has about 100 species. All of the species, except 1, are endemic to Australia. For example, the beautiful colored flowered P. exaltatus is native to Australia.
- Ptilotus comes from the Greek word “Ptilotos” which means winged, soft-winged, whether membranous or feathered.
- The specific epithet exaltatus is from the Latin word, which means raised up or tall. This refers to the spikes of the flower.
- Ptilotus exaltatus can thrive in an environment of high phosphorous without suffering from phosphorous toxicity. According to a study, the Mulla Mulla plant can accumulate phosphorous and calcium in its different cells in the leaves.
- Ptilotus exaltatus and Ptilotus nobilis share many morphological characteristics. However, they are only classified as different species based on the inflorescence color. One study suggested that P. exaltatus and P. nobilis are conspecific (of the same species) since the ITS sequence data show little genetic divergence or structure. There is a lack of reliable morphological characteristics that separate the 2 species.
Suggested Reading: Different Flowering Plants
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