Pimelea gigandra A.R.Bean APNI*
Description: Gynodioecious shrub, mostly 0.5–3 m high, young stems densely hairy.
Leaves opposite to subopposite, elliptic, 33–82 mm long, 11–23 mm wide, upper surface very sparsely to sparsely hairy, lower surface sparsely to moderately hairy.
Flowers in terminal heads, with 10–19 flowers (=number of persistent pedicels), partly enclosed by four leafy bracts, two short and two rather longer. Rachis globose, at maturity 2–3.5 mm long, densely hairy, peduncles 1–3 mm long. Some female flowers and some bisexual flowers, white, floral tube 8.5–11 mm long at anthesis, outer surface with hairs moderately dense to dense, patent near base and ± appressed near apex, inner surface sparsely hairy. Sepals spreading, 3.1–4 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers and fruits may be found at any time of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: North from Mororo, north-east New South Wales. In rainforest margins or tall open forest with Eucalypus grandis, Corymbia intermedia, Syncarpia glomulifera & E. pilularis or E. campanulata. It grows in shallow or deep basaltic soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Pimelea gigandra is closely related to P. altior, but differs by the greater number of flowers per inflorescence, the longer floral tube and sepals, the hairs on the stems (away from the growing point) more or less appressed, the larger anthers, and the sparser tomentum on the upper leaf surface.
Text by S.F. McCune
Taxon concept: A.R. Bean Austrobaileya 10 (1) 1:46 (2017)
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