Pimelea micrantha F.Muell. ex Meisn.

Silky Rice-flower

Linnaea 26: 351 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Subshrub, 10–40 cm high; young stems densely white-hairy. Leaves alternate or opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic or elliptic, 3–8 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, concolorous, pale grey-green, densely hairy when young. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, of 1 or more compact, usually 3–8-flowered heads; involucral bracts absent or not differentiated from leaves. Flowers bisexual, densely hairy outside, glabrous inside; floral tube c. 3 mm long, style-portion poorly defined, circumscissile above ovary or persistent, persistent base grey in fruit; sepals erect, c. 0.5 mm long, reddish or yellow to brown; pedicel hairy; stamens inserted below sepals, almost sessile in throat; anthers opening somewhat laterally; style not exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed; seed pear-shaped. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Scattered but rather uncommon in the north and north-west of the state (mostly on sand or heavy red clay-loam overlying limestone), with an outlying occurrence along the basalt escarpment of Taylors Creek, Keilor.

Similar to P. curviflora but leaves densely hairy when young, flowers shorter with the style-portion of floral tube poorly defined (less than 1 mm long), the sepals always less than 1 mm long and erect rather than spreading, and the seed pear-shaped rather than ovoid.

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: Neville Walsh, 2018-03-19
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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 micrantha in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea micrantha in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales