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Pimelea curviflora var. curviflora - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Pimelea curviflora var. curviflora
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 31 Jul 1998
Profile last updated: 12 Aug 2019


A much-branched subshrub or shrub 20 to 120cm high with hairy stems. Flowers are red to yellow, hairy and occur in terminal heads of 4 - 12 flowers. Leaves are 5 - 10 mm long, 2 - 4 mm wide, with a sparsely hairy lower surface. The curved fruit is 2 - 4 mm long.


Confined to the coastal area of the Sydney and Illawarra regions. Populations are known between northern Sydney and Maroota in the north-west. New population discovered at Croom Reserve near Albion Park in Shellharbour LGA in August 2011. Formerly recorded around the Parramatta River and Port Jackson region including Five Dock, Bellevue Hill and Manly.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs on shaley/lateritic soils over sandstone and shale/sandstone transition soils on ridgetops and upper slopes amongst woodlands. Also recorded in Illawarra Lowalnd Grassy Woodland habitat at Albion Park on the Illawaraa coastal plain.
  • Flowers October to May.
  • Has an inconspicuous cryptic habit as it is fine and scraggly and often grows amongst dense grasses and sedges. It may not always be visible at a site as it appears to survive for some time without any foliage after fire or grazing, relying on energy reserves in its tuberous roots.
  • Likely to be fire tolerant species capable of resprouting following fire due to the presence of a tap root. Seedlings have been observed following fire.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateACT Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinIllawarra Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None