Pimelea glauca R.Br.

Smooth Rice-flower

Prodr. 360 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 1 m high; stems glabrous; nodes prominent. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, usually narrowly elliptic, 3–15 mm long, 1–6 mm wide, concolorous, usually bluish-green, glabrous; apex deflexed-mucronate. Inflorescence terminal, usually erect, a 7–many-flowered head; involucral bracts 4, sessile, more or less ovate, 6–16 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, glabrous outside, green; inner pair of bracts hairy inside, fringed. Flowers bisexual, glabrous inside, white or creamy white; floral tube 8–14 mm long, ovary-portion glabrous, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, with short hairs outside, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 2–4 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening laterally; style exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers mainly spring.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Commonly on sandy dunes or rocky areas close to coast but also widespread inland.

Characterized by the different indumentum of the inner and outer pair of involucral bracts the glabrous stems and the mucronate leaves. Although the leaves are usually stout, they can be quite narrow.

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 glauca in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea glauca 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory