Pimelea biflora Wakef.

Matted Rice-flower

Victorian Naturalist 73: 212 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate mat-forming undershrub; stems hairy when young. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic or elliptic, 4–10 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, concolorous, mid green, with short appressed hairs on undersurface, glabrous above. Inflorescence terminal, 2-flowered; involucral bracts absent or not differentiated from leaves. Flowers bisexual or rarely female, with short appressed hairs outside, glabrous inside, distally red, paler below; floral tube 4–7 mm long, style-portion 2–5 mm long, circumscissile above ovary; sepals 1–2 mm long; pedicel hairy; stamens inserted below and exceeded by sepals; anthers opening towards centre of flower; style not exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Rather uncommon in dryish alpine and subalpine grassland, heathland or woodland.

The terminal pair of flowers and the habit and habitat of P. biflora distinguish it from other species of Pimelea.

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.
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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 biflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea biflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Australian Capital Territory