Pimelea axiflora subsp. axiflora

Bootlace Bush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 1–3 m high; stems glabrous or sometimes with minute hairs. Leaves 10–75 mm long, 1–12 mm wide. Bracts brown or green, involucral bracts often hairy outside, subtending bracts usually partially hairy outside. Flowers densely hairy outside towards base, less densely hairy above, sometimes almost glabrous on sepals; female flowers with floral tube 2.5–3 mm long. Flowers Jun.–Dec.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW, Tas. Mainly occurring at altitudes below 1000 m, often growing along streams and in wet forests.

Characterized by axillary flower heads with small, papery bracts, and usually (but not always) by long narrow leaves. Although most plants have glabrous stems, a variant from southern Victoria (from Mt Macedon to Thomson River) has stems with minute (less than 0.1 mm long) hairs.

The common names refer to the use of the tough fibrous bark for string by indigenous people and early settlers.

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 axiflora subsp. axiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea axiflora subsp. axiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales