Plants of
South Australia
Pimelea stricta
Thymelaeaceae
Gaunt Riceflower
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Botanical art

Kath Alcock paintings: 7.

Etymology

Greek 'pimele' fat, alluding to the fleshy cotyledons and Latin 'strictus' rigid.

Distribution and status

Mostly light sandy soils in open woodland, mallee or sandhills. Native
Herbarium regions: Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Erect shrub to 1.5m, stems glabrous. Leaves narrow-elliptic, 5.5-37 mm long, 1-5 mm wide, acute. Inflorescence a bracteate head, flowers 9-37 per head 10-15mm long, creamy white. Flowering July-October. Fruits are fruit approximately 5 mm long, green, enclosed in hypanthium base. Seeds are seed narrow-ovoid, hooked at the apex, glabrous, black, reticulate.

Seeds stored:
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LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
4,380 (15.34 g)
4,380 (15.34 g)
50+2-Nov-2006DJD646
Northern Lofty
1-Aug-2007100%-18°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.
Germination table:
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