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Pimelea hewardiana Meisn., Linnaea 26: 346 (1854)

T: T.L.Mitchell's expedition, N.S.W., 1835, R.Cunningham ; holo: K n.v. , fide S.Threlfall, Brunonia 5: 164 (1983).

Pimelea hewardiana var. elachantha F.Muell. ex Meisn., Linnaea 26: 346 (1854). T: Australia felix [Vic.], F.Mueller ; possible iso: MEL n.v. , fide S.Threlfall, Brunonia 5: 164 (1983).

Pimelea elachantha F.Muell., Fragm. 7: 6 (1869) p.p. , nom. illeg. , based on Pimelea hewardiana F.Muell. ex Meisn. and Pimelea umbratica A.Cunn. ex Meisn.; Banksia elachantha (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 583 (1891). 

Shrub usually 40–70 cm high. Young stems with short appressed hairs. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic to obovate, glabrous, medium to dark green on adaxial surface, paler abaxially; lamina 3–11.5 mm long, 1–3.5 mm wide. Inflorescence of head-like, 7–34-flowered clusters; clusters terminal or more or less axillary, often in axil of branch, subtended by 4 or rarely 2 leaves, which are larger than the leaves below. Flowers hairy outside except at base, glabrous inside, yellow; pedicel hairy. Male flowers: hypanthium 0.8–2 mm long; sepals 0.8–1.2 mm long. Female flowers: hypanthium 0.8–2.5 mm long, persistent; sepals 0.5–1 mm long, persistent; ovary distally hairy. Fruit dry, enclosed. 

Occurs from the Glenelg R. east to the Bacchus Marsh area, Vic. Recorded in mallee shrubland and in gullies, usually in rocky ground. Flowers probably Apr.–Oct. or longer. Map 180.

Vic.: Wartook Reservoir, The Grampians, A.C.Beauglehole 25088 (MEL); between Djerriwarrah and Coimadai Creeks, 3 km S of Western Hwy, T.J.Muir 3375 (MEL); Dimboola, 1900, F.Reader (CANB).

(B.L.Rye)

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 18 (1990), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia