Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Pimelea latifolia R.Br. subsp. latifolia
Threlfall, S. (1983) Brunonia 5(2): 192.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall.
Twigs densely clothed in white hairs. Leaf blades about 30-50 x 8-15 mm, petioles very short, about 1 mm long. Lateral veins about 23-30 on each side of the midrib, difficult to distinguish on the upper surface but more obvious on the lower surface. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped.
Perianth tube (hypanthium) about 5-10 mm long, hairy on the outer surface. Lobes about 1-3.5 mm long. Apex of the ovary hairy. Style short, stigma well below the apex of the perianth tube (hypanthium).
Cotyledons narrowly obovate, about 9-10 x 4-5 mm. First pair of true leaves subopposite. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade margin ciliate, the hairs about 1 mm long. Upper surface of the leaf blade glabrous, while the lower surface is clothed in silky hairs. Midrib depressed on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Stem brown, clothed in white hairs. Seed germination time 47 days.
Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from about 700-800 m. Usually grows as an understory plant in wet sclerophyll forest but sometimes found on rain forest margins.