Pimelea humilis R.Br.

Common Rice-flower

Prodr. 361 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 5–30(–50) cm high; young stems densely hairy; nodes prominent. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, usually narrowly elliptic or elliptic, 6–16 mm long, 1–9 mm wide, concolorous or paler beneath, glabrous. Inflorescence terminal, a many-flowered head; involucral bracts 4 or 6, sessile, more or less ovate, 6–18 mm long, 3–11 mm wide, glabrous outside (or a few hairs at apex), hairy towards midrib inside, yellow at base, green above. Flowers bisexual or female, glabrous at base outside, with dense antrorse hairs above, creamy white; floral tube 8–15 mm long, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, hairy inside, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 1–5 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening somewhat laterally, rarely almost towards centre of flower; style exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers mainly spring.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread, usually growing in sand, sandy loam, or skeletal soil overlying rock, locally common in heathland and drier woodland communities.

A little-branched shrub with stems hairy when young (cf. P. linifolia and P. glauca) and with involucral bracts that are partly pubescent on inner surface. The leaves are often, but not always, obtuse.

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 humilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea humilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory