Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family).
Natives of Eastern Australia.
Occurrence: Grassland plants, particularly on alluvial or basalt plains.
The two most common species in Central Victoria are Pussy-tails (Ptilotus spathulatus) and Pink Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus.)
Similar species: Narrow-leaf Clover Trifolium angustifolium is sometimes confused with these plants. Narrow-leaf Clover has very narrow trifoliate leaves, and the flower clusters are narrower and less soft, and the individul flowers are pea flowers.
Name: exaltatus: tall; spathulatus: spoonshaped.
Photos: Top L: Pussy-tails. Boort. Top R: Pink Mulla Mulla. Silver City Highway.
3: Pussy-tails south of Boort. 4: Pink Mulla Mulla. Budgerum Cemetery.