Plant of the month – Slender Riceflower

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Meaning:

Pimelea: From Greek pimele, meaning soft and fat, possibly in reference to the oily seeds.

linifolia: From Latin, meaning straight-leaved.

Habitat: Sunny positions in woodland and heath.

Habit: Shrub to 50cm to 1.5m.

Leaves: Opposite, linear and soft. Quickly recovers from fire. Suspected to be toxic to stock.

Flowers: White, occasionally pinkish, with orange anthers, in clusters at the end of branches. Difficult to propagate. Provides food for the Yellow-spot Blue Butterfly.

Flowering time: Most of the year.

Range: Coastal from Queensland to Tasmania and South Australia. Commonly found throughout The Hills Shire.

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