Scientific Name:
Pimelea Sol. ex Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 186 (1788), nom. cons.
  • = Banksia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (1775) nom. rej.
  • = Passerina L.f. (1781)
  • = Cookia J.F.Gmel. (1791) nom. illeg.
  • = Gymnococca C.A.Mey. (1845)
Type Taxon:
Pimelea laevigata Sol. ex Gaertn. = Pimelea prostrata (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Willd.
Vernacular Name(s):
Rice flower

Fls unisexual to perfect, us. capitate to solitary. Calyx tubular (hypanthium ?), us. swollen at base, 4-lobed (sepals ?); petal scales 0; stamens 2, inserted on throat, filaments slender, anthers introrse; disk 0. Ovary 1-celled, style us. elongate; ovule solitary; fr. small, drupaceous or dry. The fls mostly functionally unisexual; the ♂ us. larger than ♀, with long filaments, small stigma and abortive ovary; the ♀ with subsessile ± aborted stamens and longer stigma, receptacle villous.

[From:  Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Pimelea Sol. ex Gaertn.
Indigenous (Endemic)35
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