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Pimelea octophylla
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Flowers and leaves of a plant in the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Victoria
Scientific classification
  • Banksia octophylla (R.Br.) Kuntze
  • Pimelea octophylla var. viminea (Schltdl.) Meisn.
  • Pimelea behrii Schltdl.
  • Pimelea octophylla R.Br. subsp. octophylla
  • Pimelea octophylla R.Br. var. octophylla
  • Pimelea octophylla var. behrii (Schltdl.) Meisn.
  • Pimelea viminea Schltdl.

Pimelea octophylla, commonly known as woolly riceflower or downy riceflower, is a shrub in the family Thymelaeaceae. The speciesis native to south-eastern Australia. It grows up to 1 metre high and produces cream to pale yellow terminal flowerheads with long white hairs. The flowerheads have 25 to 150 flowers . The leaves are 2 to 15 mm long and 0.5 to 5 mm wide.


The species was first formally described by botanist Robert Brown in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810, from plant material that he collected from Arthurs Seat, Victoria in January 1804.

A number of former subspecies have been reclassified as follows:

  • Pimelea octophylla subsp. ciliolaris Threlfall, is currently Pimelea ciliolaris (Threlfall) Rye
  • Pimelea octophylla subsp. petraea Meisn., is currently Pimelea imbricata subsp. petrea (Meisn.) Rye
  • Pimelea octophylla subsp. subvillefera Threlfall, is currently Pimelea subvellifera (Threlfall) Rye


The species occurs in Victoria and South Australia.

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