It turns out to be a red-flowered Pimelea - well sort of. Rusty brown is closer to it, in my mind. To add insult to injury, it has very few flowers per flower head. It is temporarily identified as being likely to be Pimelea curviflora var curviflora.
|Pimelea curviflora var curviflora.|
I was keen to see this red Pimelea, as they are often attractive plants. I grow a lovely pink shrubby Pimelea from Western Australia. It is a lovely plant. Wow, I was in for a shock with Kirsten's plant.
The NSW Threatened Species listing refers to this plant in the following terms: "Has an inconspicuous cryptic habit as it is fine and scraggly and often grows amongst dense grasses and sedges."
I would describe it as an inconspicuous herb.
If you click on this image (to enlarge it),
you will see a series of yellow outlines
(ovals and a rectangle) which I have added
to indicate where the flowers are located in the image.
please ignore the Fireweed flowers.Pimelea linifolia ssp linifolia, from Welby, photographed this afternoon. It shows a much more typical form of Pimelea flower - at least the east coast forms of the genus. (There are some showy Western Australian ones which look quite different to this, especially the one known as the "Qualup Bell").
This lovely pink tinged form is an immature flower, just opening. The buds are a delightful blush pink prior to opening.
|Half-opened flower of Pimelea linifolia ssp linifolia|
And here is a fully mature flower -
a lovely pure white rounded head of flowers.
|Pimelea linifolia ssp linifolia|