Prodr. 362 (1810) APNI
Subshrub or shrub, 10–150 cm high; stems hairy. Leaves alternate or opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, 2–25 mm long, 1–6(–8) mm wide, concolorous to discolorous, sparsely to densely hairy underneath, glabrous or with shorter hairs on upper surface. Inflorescence terminal and/or axillary, of compact, 4–many-flowered heads; involucral bracts absent or not differentiated from leaves. Flowers bisexual or female, hairy outside, glabrous inside, yellow, greenish-yellow or sometimes reddish in part; floral tube 3–7 mm long, style-portion 2–5 mm long (or sometimes 1–2 mm long in female flowers), circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 0.5–3 mm long, reddish or yellow to brown; pedicel hairy; stamens inserted below sepals, almost sessile in throat; anthers opening towards centre of flower; style not exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed; seed more or less ovoid. Flowers Sep.–Feb.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim.
Pimelea curviflora is a highly variable species that has been divided into 6 named varieties, 2 of which occur in Victoria. A further, apparently unnamed variety ('var. aff. subglabrata') has been separated - see notes under that name. Rye (1990) noted that the status or each of the varieties warranted further study. Threlfall (1983) treated P. micrantha as a subspecies of P. curviflora and 'var. aff. subglabrata' would appear to share some characters with both P. micrantha and P. curviflora, possibly adding merit to Threlfall's taxonomy..
Threlfall (1983) noted a collection of P. curviflora var. divergens from Wickcliffe in south-western Victoria (collected 1903). This specimen, at Melbourne Herbarium, has since been redetermined as P. curviflora var. sericea and appears quite typical of that variety.
See also note under P. micrantha.
Rye, B.L. (1990). Pimelea, Flora of Australia 18: 134-210.
Threlfall, S. (1983). The Genus Pimelea (Thymelaeaceae) in Eastern Mainland Australia, Brunonia 5(2): 113-201.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|