Recently Debbie Reynolds gave a fascinating talk about Spiny Rice-flower to a small group at Federation University Ballarat. These are my notes from that talk.
There are about 150 species of pimelea (rice flowers) which are mainly found in Australia, New Zealand, Timor and New Guinea. In Australia there are 110 endemic species and of these 18 are listed as rare and threatened. The ones seen in basalt derived grasslands are Pimelea humilis, P. curviflora, P. glauca and P. spinescens subsp. spinescens.
Pimelea spinescens subsp. spinescens is listed as critically endangered and only found in Victoria. The common name is Spiny Rice-flower which relates to the end of the stems which are pointed or spine tipped. It is a small spreading shrub to 30cm, winter flowering and usually seen from April to August. Continue reading