Pimelea curviflora R.Br.

Prodr. 362 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

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: Neville Walsh, 2018-03-19
 
References

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.

 
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Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pimelea curviflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea curviflora 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
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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