A genus of herbs or small shrubs that contains about 150 species, 110 from Australia and 36 from New Zealand.
The leaves are usually paler on the lower surface and the petiole is usually very short. The flowers are usually arranged in groups on the ends of the branches and have no petals but four petal-like sepals and two stamens.
Name Derivation: The name for the genus is derived from the Greek word 'pimele' meaning "soft fat" which is thought to refer to the oily seeds or the fleshy cotyledons
Pimelea is in the family Thymelaeaceae.