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Pimelea latifolia R.Br.
Family Thymelaeaceae
Pimelea latifolia R.Br. APNI*

Description: Spreading shrub, mostly 1–3 m high, rarely <50 cm, stems hairy.

Leaves ± elliptic or sometimes broad-elliptic to spathulate, 5–80 mm long, 2–25 mm wide.

Flowers in terminal heads, rarely elongating, often on short lateral branches; peduncles mostly <5 mm long, rarely to 25 mm. Bracts absent or similar to the leaves. Flowers 1–8 in each head, each 6–12 mm long, greenish yellow to white, sepals often dark, sparsely hairy.


Distribution and occurrence: Fruit ovoid, 3–4.5 mm long, green.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Flowers white; hypanthium sparsely hairy with short fine spreading hairs that are often very sparse on the persistent base; leaves 5–80 mm long; shrubs 1–3 m high, on margins of rainforest and in wet sclerophyll forest.2
Flowers yellow or greenish yellow, often with red sepals; hypanthium bearing coarse antrorse or loosely appressed hairs; leaves 2–20 mm long; shrubs 10–50 cm high, in sclerophyll forest, often in rocky sites.3
2Leaves mostly 20–60 mm long, upper surface sparsely hairy with appressed hairs and small rounded projections and the lower surface with short fine loosely appressed or spreading hairs. Shrub to 3 m high. Leaves usually narrow-elliptic to spathulate, 20–80 mm long, 6–20 mm wide. Peduncles 10–25 mm long in fruit. Flowers 6–16 in each head. Fruit 4.5 mm long. In or on rainforest margins, north from Lismore.subsp. latifolia
Leaves mostly 5–20 mm, rarely to 40 mm, long, both surfaces with short fine slightly tangled spreading hairs. Erect shrub to 2 m high. Leaves usually elliptic to broad-elliptic or obovate, leaves 4–30 mm long, 2–10 mm wide. Peduncle not elongated in fruit. Flowers 2–12 in each head. Fruit 2.5–4 mm long. In or near rainforest north from Taree. Varieties are sometimes distinguished on the length of the leaves and flowers, however, they are not recognized here.
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subsp. altior
3Leaves covered on both surfaces with short fine, slightly tangled, spreading hairs. Shrub 10–50 cm high. Leaves mostly elliptic, 2–10 mm long, 3–6 mm wide, margins ciliate. Peduncles not elongating in fruit. Heads 1–7-flowered, flowers 4–7 mm long. Fruit c. 4 mm long. In forest chiefly on the coast from Newcastle to Nowra.subsp. hirsuta
Leaves covered on both surfaces with fine or coarse long antrorse hairs. Shrub 10–50 cm high. Leaves mostly narrow-elliptic, 5–18 mm long, 3–10 mm wide, margins ciliate. Peduncles not elongating in fruit. Heads 5–18-flowered, flowers 5–8 mm long. Fruit 2.5 mm long. In rocky sites, Rylstone-Merriwa-Cessnock area.
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subsp. elliptifolia

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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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