Fruting bodies. Photo: Russell Best, Murray Sunset National Park, Vic

Plant. Photo: Russell Best, Murray Sunset National Park, Vic

Common Name

Black Cotton Bush




Shrub or perennial forb to 50cm tall. Leaves succulent, alternating up the stems, 0.5-1m long, narrow cylindrical, hairless. Flowers tiny (less than 3mm across), solitary at the bases of the leaves. Fruiting body pink to white, drying dark brown to black, hairless, with a single horizontal wing with one radial slit.  Endangered in SA.

Description (page 267), photo (page 266) and line drawing of fruiting body (Fig. 47-9 page 271) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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