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Pimelea curviflora var. sericea

Curved Rice-flower

Slender erect hairy subshrub.

Additional information

  • SynonymWas referred to as P. curviflora var. 1
  • FamilyThymelaeaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-30 cm x 20-60 cm
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesDull green silky-hairy elliptic leaves 2-25 mm x 1-6 mm, densely hairy below, margins curved in. Leaves paired or alternate.
  • Flower colourYellow-green
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersSmall terminal or axillary heads of 4 or more flowers, sometimes partly reddish, hairy on outside. No bracts. Flowers bisexual or female.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained dryish soil in forests and woodlands. Reshoots from the roots after fire. Moderate frost. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useSmall plant easily overlooked. Can be grown amongst native grasses.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusScattered and uncommon within the Shire.
  • Related speciesP. curviflora var. gracilis may occur in moist forests in the Shire. It is taller, 0.5-1.5 m high with leaves paler below, hairless to moderately hairy above, sparsely to moderately dense below.
Photographer/s: 1 Giorgio De Nola, NatureShare ©; 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 3 Swee Oon ©; 4 Helen Moss ©

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