Common name: Thyme Rice-flower
Pimelea serpyllifolia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Erect dioecious shrub to 1.5 m high, stunted or prostrate in exposed positions, stems glabrous.
Leaves crowded, narrow-elliptic to spathulate, 4–12 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, concave at least when dry.
Flowers in bracteate heads, usually on short lateral branches, and often appearing axillary; peduncle to 2 mm long; pedicels covered with long coarse hairs. Bracts 4, elliptic, 2–6 mm long. Flowers 3–4 mm long, yellow, glabrous; 2–17 in male heads, 2–10 in female heads.
Fruit green, partly enclosed in hypanthium.
Distribution and occurrence: Often grows in scrub and woodland on calcareous soils; not common.
NSW subdivisions: SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. serpyllifolia|
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