Ptilotus fasciculatus W.Fitzg., 1912:128

Fitzgerald's mulla-mulla



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 1987 (collected); 2000 (recognised)


"a population of Ptilotus fasciculatus, a herb believed to have been extinct until rediscovered on the property ["Koobabbie"] in 1987"

(Saunders & Doley, 2017)


"The Fitzgerald’s Mulla-mulla was thought to be extinct until collections made in 1987 that were misidentified as Ptilotus caespitulosus were correctly identified as Ptilotus fasciculatus in 2000."




Wheatbelt region (northern), Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Fitzgerald, W. (1912). New West Australian Plants. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 50: 128.


Other references:

Abell, Peter and Oates, John. (1996). Identification of Ptilotus species (Mulla Mulla) suitable for domestication and breeding for the cut and dried flower trade. Ptilotus Final Report. Australian Flora Foundation Inc.

Brown, A., C. Thomson-Dans & N. Marchant, eds. (1998). Western Australia's Threatened Flora. Como, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Department of the Environment. (2015). Ptilotus fasciculatus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sun, 8 Feb 2015 14:51:46 +1100.

Hnatiuk, R.J. (1990). Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series 11: 1-650.

Hopper, S.D., S. van Leeuwen, A.P. Brown & S.J. Patrick (1990). Western Australia's Endangered Flora and other plants under consideration for declaration. Perth, Western Australia: Department of Consrvation and Land Management.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Abstract] [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Saunders, Denis A. and Doley, Alison. (In Press, 2018). Culling farm wildlife for conservation and production on “Koobabbie”, a cereal and sheep growing property, in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia. Australian Zoologist.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.

Weaving, Sarah J. (1995). Native Vegetation Handbook for the Shire of Cunderdin. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth.

Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management (WA CALM) (2005). Records held in CALM's Declared Flora Database and Rare flora files. Perth, Western Australia: WA CALM.


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