Pimelea hewardiana Meisn.

Forked Rice-flower

Linnaea 26: 346 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub usually 40–70 cm high; young stems with short antrorse hairs. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, usually narrowly elliptic, smaller leaves sometimes broadly elliptic, 3–12 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, medium to dark green on upper surface, paler beneath, glabrous; margins sometimes recurved. Inflorescence terminal (often in fork between 2 branches), a compact head of 7–34 flowers; involucral bracts 4 or rarely 2, petiolate, similar in shape and colour to leaves, 5–11 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, larger than subtending leaves, glabrous. Flowers unisexual, yellow, hairy outside except at base, glabrous inside; floral tube c. 1–2.5 mm long, style-portion of female flowers shorter than ovary-portion; sepals c. 0.5–1.5 mm long, glabrous inside; pedicel hairy; stamens shorter than sepals; anthers opening laterally or somewhat laterally. Fruit dry, enclosed. Flowers mainly winter–spring.

Brid, CVU, GipP, Glep, GGr, MuM, OtP, VVP, Wim. Also SA. Grows in rocky habitats west of Melbourne.

Characterized by usually narrow-elliptic, glabrous leaves and the presence of axillary inflorescences with bracts similar in shape to the leaves.

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 hewardiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pimelea hewardiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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South Australia