White banjine Pimelea ciliata, photographed by David Osborne.

Belongs within: Thymelaeaceae.

Pimelea, the riceflowers, is a genus of shrubs endemic to Australia.

Characters (from Pellow et al. 2009): Shrubs. Leaves simple, entire, alternate or opposite. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, variously arranged but often terminal, surrounded by an involucre of bracts often different from leaves. Floral tube cylindrical, usually circumsciss above the ovary; the upper part deciduous. Sepals 4. Stamens 2, inserted in throat. Ovary 1-locular, enclosed in floral tube but free from it; style elongated, simple. Fruit with a membranous epicarp, rarely succulent.

    |--P. angustifolia G04
    |--P. arenaria An27
    |--P. argentea GK00
    |--P. buxifolia An27
    |--P. ciliata GK00
    |--P. cracens GK00
    |    |--P. c. ssp. cracens GK00
    |    `--P. c. ssp. glabra GK00
    |--P. imbricata GK00
    |    |--P. i. var. imbricata GK00
    |    |--P. i. var. gracillima GK00
    |    |--P. i. var. major GK00
    |    `--P. i. var. piligera GK00
    |--P. laevigata An27
    |--P. lanata GK00
    |--P. latifolia MM09
    |--P. lehmanniana GK00
    |--P. longifolia T27
    |--P. lyallii An27
    |--P. microcephala KM08
    |--P. preissii GK00
    |--P. prostrata T27
    |--P. pseudo-lyallii Al27
    |--P. rosea GK00
    |--P. suaveolens OS04
    |--P. sulphurea OS04
    |--P. sylvestris GK00
    |--P. traversii Al27
    |--P. urvilleana G60
    `--P. virgata An27

*Type species of generic name indicated


[Al27] Allan, H. H. 1927. The vegetation of Mount Peel, Canterbury, New Zealand. Part 2. – The grassland and other herbaceous communities. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 73-89.

[An27] Andersen, J. C. 1927. Popular names of New Zealand plants. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 905-977.

[G04] Gibson, N. 2004. Flora and vegetation of the Eastern Goldfields Ranges: part 7. Middle and South Ironcap, Digger Rock and Hatter Hill. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 87 (2): 49-62.

[GK00] Gibson, N., & G. J. Keighery. 2000. Flora and vegetation of the Byenup-Muir reserve system, south-west Western Australia. CALMScience 3 (3): 323-402.

[G60] Gillham, M. E. 1960. Vegetation of Little Brother Island, Cook Strait, in relation to spray-bearing winds, soil salinity, and pH. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 88 (3): 405-424.

[KM08] Keighery, G. J., & W. Muir. 2008. Vegetation and vascular flora of Faure Island, Shark Bay, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 75: 11-19.

[MM09] Mound, L. A. & M. Masumoto. 2009. Australian Thripinae of the Anaphothrips genus-group (Thysanoptera), with three new genera and thirty-three new species. Zootaxa 2042: 1-76.

[OS04] Obbens, F. J., & L. W. Sage. 2004. Vegetation and flora of a diverse upland remnant of the Western Australian wheatbelt (Nature Reserve A21064). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 87 (1): 19-28.

Pellow, B. J., M. J. Henwood & R. C. Carolin. 2009. Flora of the Sydney Region: a complete revision, 5th ed. Sydney University Press.

[T27] Thomson, G. M. 1927. The pollination of New Zealand flowers by birds and insects. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 106-125.

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