Pimelea linifolia Sm.

Slender Rice-flower

Bot. Nov. Holl. 31, t. 11 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub, prostrate to 1.5 m high; stems glabrous; nodes prominent. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, narrow, mostly elliptic to oblanceolate or lanceolate, 3–40 mm long, 1–9 mm wide, glabrous. Inflorescence terminal, erect or pendulous, a 7–many-flowered head; involucral bracts 4, sessile, lanceolate, narrowly elliptic to ovate, 7–17 mm long, 3–11 mm wide, glabrous outside, glabrous or partially hairy inside, green or reddish. Flowers bisexual or female, antrorse-hairy outside, glabrous or hairy inside, usually white, sometimes pink or pale yellow; floral tube 7–16 mm long, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 1–5 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than or rarely shortly exceeding sepals; anthers opening laterally or somewhat laterally; style exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. 

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim.

3 of 4 subspecies occur in Victoria, with some intergrading between them.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Thymelaeaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pimelea linifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea linifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory