Plants of
South Australia
Pimelea serpyllifolia ssp. serpyllifolia
Thymelaeaceae
Thyme Riceflower
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Etymology

Greek 'pimele' fat, alluding to the fleshy cotyledons and 'serpyllifolia' having leaves like Thymus serpyllum.

Distribution and status

Scrub and woodland on calcareous soils. Native.
Herbarium regions: Nullarbor, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Erect dense dioecious shrub to 1.5 m, stunted or prostrate in exposed conditions. Leaves crowded, narrow-elliptic to elliptic or narrow-spathulate to spathulate, 2-13 mm long, 1-4 mm wide. Flowers in bracteate heads, male flowers 2-17 in each head, 3-4 mm long; female flowers 2-10 in each head, 3-3.75 mm long, yellow. Flowering most of the year. Fruits are fruit green, partly enclosed in hypanthium.