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Family: Thymelaeaceae
Pimelea penicillaris

Citation: F. Muell., Chem.& Drugg. Australas. 6:46 (1883).

Synonymy: P. dioica C. White, Proc. R. Soc. Qld 47:78 (1936); P. ammocharis sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 598 (1952).

Common name: Sandhill riceflower.

Erect dioecious shrub to 2 m; stems covered with velvety white hairs, glabrescent with age; leaves elliptic or ovate, 4.5-19 mm long, 3-6.5 mm wide, acute, often reflexed, covered with silky hairs.

Heads terminal; peduncles 3-8 mm long, covered with velvety hairs; involucral bracts 6-12, broad-ovate, 5-13 mm long, 4.5-11.5 mm wide, acute, brown, covered with silky hairs, ciliate on the margins, sessile; pedicels hairy; male flowers 50-100 in each head, 8.5-11 mm long; female flowers 25-70 in each head, 6.5-9 mm long, circumscissile above the ovary after flowering; perianth yellow but drying to tan, glabrous inside, covered outside with long fine patent or antrorse hairs becoming shorter on the lobes and as long as the perianth tube in female flowers.

Seed curved, narrow-ovoid, glabrous, black, patterned with horizontal furrows.

image of FSA2_Pimelea_pen.jpg Pimelea penicillaris twig, male and female flower and seed.
Image source: fig 449d in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 507.

Distribution:  On sandy soils.

S.Aust.: LE, EP.   N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: June — Oct.

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