Spiny Rice-flower

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Pimelea spinescens ssp. spinescens


Low stunted shrub with spiny branchlets. Crowded blue-green oval leaves. Tiny pale yellow hairless tubular flowers.


Details
Flora Type
Shrubs
Distinctive Features

The only Pimelea species to have spines.

Biology

Perennial. Well-drained soils on basalt.

Native Status
Native
Flowering Time

Apr-Aug

Taxonomy
Phylum
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Class
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Order
Malvales
Family
Thymelaeaceae
Genus
Pimelea
Species
spinescens

Nationally threatened. Only a few remant populations on the western basalt plains in Vic remaining.


Interesting Facts
Similar Species

P. spinescens subsp. pubiflora has flowers that are hairy on the outer surface, whereas those of the P. spinescens subsp. spinescens are hairless.

Native Status
Native