Pimelea phylicoides Meisn.

Heath Rice-flower

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 2: 271 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub usually 20–50 cm high; young stems densely hairy; nodes prominent. Leaves alternate or opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly ovate to elliptic, 3–8 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, concolorous, medium to dark bluish-green, with scattered to moderately dense covering of fine white hairs on undersurface, glabrous above; margins minutely irregular to almost toothed. Inflorescence terminal, a 3–18-flowered head; receptacle well-developed; involucral bracts 3–6, sessile, ovate, 3–9 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, hairy outside, glabrous inside, persistent. Flowers bisexual, densely hairy outside, white; floral tube 5–8 mm long, ovary-portion with longer hairs than above, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, sparsely hairy inside, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 2–4 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening towards centre of flower; style exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers Jun.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. (King Is.). Scattered from western Victoria to Port Phillip Bay and Westernport (and nearby mountains), with an isolated population on Wilsons Promontory. Usually growing on sandy soil.

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, 2018-10-05
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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 phylicoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea phylicoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia