Flowers and leaves. Photo: Russell Best, near Melbourne, Vic

Shrub. Photo: Chris Clarke, near Melbourne, Vic

Common Name

Thyme Rice-Flower




Shrub to 1.5m tall, sometimes prostrate. Sometimes more or less spiny. Leaves opposite each other to crowded, 0.2-1.3cm long, 1-4mm wide, flat, hairless. Male and female flowers on separate plants. Flowers small (less than 3mm across), greenish yellow to yellow, tubular, with 4 lobes, in heads, usually at the ends of short lateral branches, often appearing to be at the bases of the leaves. Male flowers 2-17 per head, female flowers 2-10 per head, subtended by 4 leaf-like bracts. Fruit semi-succulent, green. Endangered NSW. Protected NSW.

Description (as Pimelea serpyllifolia) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 507

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