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Pimelea ligustrina Labill.
Family Thymelaeaceae
Pimelea ligustrina Labill. APNI*

Description: Shrub 1–3 m high, stems glabrous.

Leaves oblanceolate or narrow-elliptic, rarely wider, mostly 15–90 mm long, 7–20 mm wide, acute to obtuse, glabrous except when very young, secondary veins distinct below.

Flowers in bracteate heads; peduncles mostly 5–60 mm long, glabrous or hairy. Bracts mostly 8, or 4, ± elliptic or ovate, 4–18 mm long, greenish to reddish brown and often varying in colour with age, glabrous or silky, often reflexed in fruit. Flowers 10–17 mm long, whitish, coarsely hairy.

Fruit 3–5 mm long, green.

Photo Tanja Lenz

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in forest on the coast and ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Peduncles glabrous, or almost so; bracts glabrous on outer surface, ± hairy on inner surface, margins usually ciliate2
Peduncles with short fine hairs immediately below the involucre; bracts mostly silky-hoary on both surfaces. Shrub 1–3 m high. Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, mostly 30–60 mm long. Bracts usually reflexed in fruit. Flowers 36 to >150 per head; pedicels often with golden hairs, receptacle usually elongating in fruitsubsp. hypericina
2Bracts green, sometimes ciliate on the margins, usually reflexed in fruit; receptacle commonly elongating in fruit. Shrub to 2 m high in open forest. Leaves variable in shape, mostly 20–60 mm long. Peduncles glabrous or almost so. Bracts 4–15 mm long, 2–10 mm wide. Flowers 15–130 per head; pedicels often golden-hairysubsp. ligustrina
Bracts reddish brown, markedly ciliate on the margins, not reflexed in fruit; receptacle rarely elongating in fruit. Low shrub to 1.5 m high. Leaves elliptic, mostly 15–40 mm long. Peduncles glabrous. Heads with 20–70 flowers, pedicels with white hairs
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subsp. ciliata

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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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