Pimelea linifolia

Common name: 

Slender Rice-flower

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

?Murray Mallee, ?Lowan Mallee, ?Wimmera, Gippsland Highlands Grampians, Wilsons Promontory (BCDEHJKMNPRSTVWXZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

A range of habitats1

Flower description:

Pink or yellow1


Shrub to 1.5 m high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Pimelea linifolia has leaves to 25 mm long and stems that are not hairy. Bracts subtending the inflorescence are often tinged red2
Only Pimelea linifolia subsp. linoides and Pimelea linifolia subsp. linifolia are present at the Prom. Leaves are linear in subsp. linoides and narrowly elliptic in subsp. linifolia1

Image of Pimelea linifolia
Image of Pimelea linifolia Image: Freya Thomas
Conservation status:

Subsp. caesia and subsp. linoides are rare in Victoria


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.