Pimelea stricta Meisn.

Gaunt Rice-flower

Linnaea 26: 348 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 0.5–1.5 m high; stems glabrous; nodes prominent. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic or linear, 5–20 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, concolorous, usually mid green, glabrous. Inflorescence terminal, a many-flowered head; involucral bracts 4, sessile, ovate or broadly ovate, 5–13 mm long, 3–9 mm wide, glabrous outside, covered with long, soft hairs inside, margins sometimes fringed, medium green and often partly yellowish or reddish. Flowers bisexual, antrorse-hairy outside, glabrous inside, creamy white to yellow; floral tube 7–12 mm long, ovary-portion with long deciduous hairs, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, with shorter persistent hairs, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 2–4 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens almost sessile in throat of floral tube; anthers opening towards centre of flower; style not or scarcely exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers mainly Aug.–Nov.

CVU, Glep, GGr, HNF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Grows on sandy soil, mainly in mallee scrub and open-woodland, but with scattered occurrences to the Brisbane Ranges and Beechworth.

Characterized by a thick covering of long hairs inside the involucral bracts, with glabrous stems and leaves.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-05
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Thymelaeaceae
genus Pimelea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pimelea stricta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea stricta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales