Pimelea alpina F.Muell. ex Meisn.

Alpine Rice-flower

in DC., Prodr. 14: 511 (1857) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or low and spreading undershrub to c. 15 cm high; stems glabrous; nodes prominent. Leaves opposite, mostly crowded at ends of branches, shortly petiolate, more or less narrowly elliptic, 3–13 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, usually glaucous, concolorous or paler below, glabrous. Inflorescence terminal, a 5–18-flowered head; involucral bracts 4, sessile, elliptic or ovate, 4–9 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous, green. Flowers bisexual or female, antrorse-hairy outside, sparsely hairy or glabrous inside, reddish-pink or white; floral tube 3–6 mm long, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, c. 2 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening laterally or somewhat laterally; style exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers mainly Dec.–Feb.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp, WPro. Also NSW. Grows in alpine and subalpine woodland, heathland or grassland.

Differs from similar species such as Pimelea linifolia in being a usually prostrate, or low and spreading, alpine shrub with leaves mostly crowded and confined to the end of each branch.

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, 2018-10-25
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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 alpina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea alpina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory