Pimelea simplex subsp. simplex

Desert Rice-flower

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Herbaceous or semi-woody annual, 5–50 cm high; young stems hairy. Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic to linear, 5–15 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, concolorous, mid green to dark bluish-green, usually sparsely covered in antrorse hairs. Inflorescence terminal, dense, compact or elongate at maturity, to 11 mm long, many-flowered; involucral bracts absent or not differentiated from leaves. Flowers bisexual, white to yellowish-green (sometimes with purplish sepals), densely hairy outside, glabrous inside; floral tube 2–5 mm long, style-portion poorly defined, circumscissile above ovary; sepals erect, 0.4–1 mm long; pedicel hairy; stamens inserted below sepals, almost sessile in throat; anthers opening somewhat laterally to more or less towards the centre of the flower; style not or little exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed.  Flowers Sep.–Nov.

LoM, MuM, RobP. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Common on slight rises in saline gypsum around Pink Lakes and from the Raak Plain through to Hattah Lakes National Park.

Differs from subsp. continua (J. Black) Threlfall in having more compact inflorescences and mostly uniform hairs on the pedicel and outside of floral tube.

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 simplex subsp. simplex in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea simplex subsp. simplex in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales