Pimelea pauciflora R.Br.

Poison Rice-flower

Prodr. 360 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub 1–3 m high; stems glabrous. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic to linear, 4–25 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, concolorous, green, glabrous. Inflorescence terminal, but sometimes on a very short lateral branchlet, a compact head of 3–9 flowers; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2 or rarely 4, sessile, narrowly elliptic to ovate, 3–11 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, as long or longer than inflorescence, glabrous, green. Flowers unisexual, usually yellowish, glabrous inside and outside; floral tube in male flowers 1–3 mm long, in female flowers c. 3 mm long and style-portion poorly defined; sepals 1–2 mm long in males, c. 0.5 mm long in females; pedicel glabrous; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening laterally or somewhat laterally. Fruit red, succulent, naked, floral tube splitting irregularly near base. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

EGU, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Growing along mountain streams in a few isolated areas.

Plants are glabrous throughout and often with elongate 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 pauciflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea pauciflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory