P.linifolia.JPG (48670 bytes)Pimelea linifolia: is a member of the Thymelaeaceae family and is known as the Slender Rice-flower or Flax-leaf Rice Flower.
Pimelea linifolia is a dwarf shrub with small, crowded, narrowly elliptic leaves. Flower heads are about four centimetres across and usually carried on the ends of branches. They contain many flowers that are very conspicuous. Blooms are white, sometimes pink and rarely yellow. July to January is the main flowering period with sporadic flowering at other times.
There are three subspecies of Pimelea linifolia. The species has a wide distribution and is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
Pimelea linifolia may become leggy but responds to pruning. There is a pink-flowered variety that has proved difficult to maintain in cultivation.
The species grows naturally on Yallaroo and plants are found growing in rocky outcrops. The specimen illustrated was growing on a grazing property west of Yallaroo.
Pimelea linifolia does not seem to figure in the diet of cattle and sheep. Plants have been observed surviving and thriving in heavily grazed paddocks. Some Hibbertia (Guinea Flowers) are also ignored.
Pimelea linifolia could be cultivated in native cottage gardens, rockeries and containers.
Propagate from cuttings.