PIMELEA GLAUCA                    Thymelaeaceae
Smooth Riceflower

Pimelea glauca

(Seventeen other species of Pimelea occur in Tasmania, from very small ground-hugging
plants to tall (3m) woody shrubs. Some species have succulent fruits which are reported to
be poisonous.

A densely branched shrub up to 50cm tall. The leaves are greyish green in opposite pairs, somewhat thick and about 1.5cm long.  White tubular flowers clustered in heads at the tips of hairless branches, each head surrounded by four broad leaf-like bracts that are concave and keeled and much wider than the leaves. Individual flowers are tubular, about 1-1.5cm long with four small petals and two orange stamens.
Pimelea glauca stamens
May be propagated from seed which is slow, or cuttings which are difficult.
Widespread on the coast and in open woodland. Flowering Spring to Summer.

Information from Coastal Plants of Tasmania, APST Hobart


PIMELEA SP NOVA                                                                      Thymelaeaceae
Pimelea sp nova
This plant is an undescribed endemic restricted to the Freycinet Peninsula. Cuttings were collected by Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens staff from Schouten Island in 2011 and a seed orchard is being developed to secure a seed collection for the gardens seed bank program.

LEUCOPOGON ERICOIDES                       Epacridaceae

A bushy shrub to 1 metre with long strong upright shoots, leaves linear-oblong, 1 cm long 2.5 mm wide, shortly stalked, margins strongly recurved, leaf apex abruptly pointed with a
short hard point. Flowers in short dense axillary spikes along great lengths of stem (15-20 cm). Bracts and sepals finely hairy, sepals and buds pinkish, flowers white, tubular with
spreading bearded lobes narrower than the tufts of hairs; anthers near throat of the tube.
Fruit a greenish-black drupe, scarcely succulent. A robust form on the west coast in wet heaths has much longer, wider leaves up to 4 mm wide. 
Flowering spring. Widespread, abundant in sandy and peaty heaths. (Tas. Vic. NSW, Qld. SA)

Photo: Phil Collier, APS

 Horticultural information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalist Club

Leucopogan ericoides

Lasiopetalum baueri LASIOPETALUM BAUERI               Sterculiaceae
Slender Velvet Bush

Small coastal shrub of very local distribution in three widely separated areas in the north of Tasmania. Leaves narrow-elliptical, blunt, stalked, pale grey-green with a dense covering of very short stellate hairs except on upper surfaces of the older leaves, upper surface has mid-rib impressed. Flowers stalked; stems, stalks and flowers covered with brown, yellow or white stellate hairs. Sepals pink or white, petals minute, stamens oblong, red, massed together in centre of the flower forming a red waxy five-armed star.
Flowering in spring. (Tas. Vic, NSW. SA) 

Photo: Duncan Wade, APS

Horticultural information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalist Club

Shrub to about 3 metres with many large white flowers; separate male and female flowers on same plant. Leaves narrow, 2-3 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, upper surface hairlesss, margins recurved. Flowers stalked, 2-3 cm across, white, 4-6 petals. Male flowers more
conspicuous than female, many stamens, joined in a central mass. Female flowers smaller, ovary covered with projections which become long, red and leathery in fruit. Ripe fruit spherical, 12 mm in diameter, bursting into three parts. Seeds mottled brown, 5 mm long  with a fleshy white swollen knob at one end. Flowering spring-summer. North-east coastal heaths. (Tas. Vic. NSW. Qld) 
Photo: Duncan Wade, APS

Horticultural information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalist Club
       Euphorbiaceae                        Wedding Bush

Ricinocarpos pinifolius

         OZOTHAMNUS RETICULATUS    Asteraceae

Ozothamnus reticulatus

 A sturdy shrub with narrow-linear stalked leaves, dark green and wrinkled above, white underneath. Branches with dense white tomentum (fur). Flower heads white, nearly globose, 5-7 mm across, in flat or domed heads 5-6 cm in diameter. Buds and outer bracts of flower covered with white tomentum. Pappus (the ring of hairs which make up the parachute on daisies) with flattened minutely hairy tips. Flowering January. Coastal cliffs, rocky parts of sandy coasts, less common in north.
(Tas Endemic)

 Photo: Heather Gulline, APS

Horticultural information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalist Club

ASTROLOMA PINIFOLIUM        Epacridaceae    Pine Heath

A small heath-like bushy shrub to about 45 cm high with numerous branches densely clothed with narrow leaves 12-25 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, needle-like with recurved
margins, often pressed upward and erect on the last two season's growth, lower parts of the stem almost bare.  
Flowers: long yellow tubular bells, 15-18 mm long constricted at the throat, the free tips of the petals densely bearded on inner surface and curved back and develop on short stalks at the base of the previous season's growth. The fruit has a green fleshy layer over a hard stone.
Flowering season:
September - March

  Astroloma pinifolium
    Propagation from cuttings, or seed which is very slow to               germinate.
    Distribution: sandy heathland in the north and east. and inland       sites in south-east Tasmania.  Also occurs in Vic and NSW

Horticultural information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalist Club
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