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Family: Thymelaeaceae
Pimelea humilis

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 361 (1810).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Common riceflower.

Erect or straggling shrub to 0.5 m; stems covered with short fine hairs, often glabrescent with age; leaves glabrous, narrow-spathulate to spathulate or narrow-elliptic to elliptic or narrow-ovate, 5-20 mm long, 1.5-9.5 mm wide, acute-to obtuse.

Heads terminal; peduncles 2-19 mm long, densely covered with short fine hairs; involucral bracts 4, ovate or elliptic, 6.5-17.5 mm long, 3-11 mm wide, acute to obtuse, glabrous outside, covered inside often sparsely with short fine hairs; pedicels hairy; flowers bisexual or female, 12-52 in each head, creamy-white, 13-18 mm long; perianth with short scattered hairs inside, covered outside with short fine hairs and with additional long coarse hairs on the persistent base; circumscissile above the ovary after flowering.

Seed ventricose, slightly hooked at the apex, glabrous, black, foveate with the pits in rows.

image of FSA2_Pimelea_hum.jpg Pimelea humilis.
Image source: fig 448h in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Dry sclerophyll forests and heath on sandy soils and clays.

S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Dec.

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Biology: No text

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