Pimelea octophylla R.Br.

Woolly Rice-flower

Prodr. 361 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 0.4–1 m high; young stems densely hairy; nodes prominent. Leaves alternate or sometimes almost opposite, shortly petiolate, more or less narrowly elliptic, 3–18 mm long, 1–6 mm wide, concolorous, silvery or mid green to dark bluish-green, with long white hairs on both surfaces when young. Inflorescence terminal, usually pendulous, a 25–45-flowered head; receptacle well developed; involucral bracts 6–12, sessile, leaf-like, 8–12 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, persistent. Flowers bisexual or female, glabrous at extreme base outside, densely hairy above, cream to pale yellow, scented; floral tube 11–14 mm long, ovary-portion with antrorse hairs, style-portion longer than ovary-portion, with long and short spreading hairs outside, hairy inside, circumscissile above ovary; sepals spreading, 2–5 mm long, hairy inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening towards centre of flower; style exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers mainly spring.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA.  Scattered, but locally common from western Victoria through to the Yarra Glen region, Emerald, Beaconsfield and Mornington Peninsula. Usually growing on sandy soil or shallow soil overlying rock. Threlfall (1983) reports an outlying population in the north-east of Victoria.

The woolliness of leaves is quite variable, but the hairs are always long and wispy.

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 octophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea octophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales