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Beyeria lanceolata Halford & R.J.F.Hend.
Family Euphorbiaceae
Beyeria lanceolata Halford & R.J.F.Hend. APNI*

Description: Tall slender shrub or small tree to 6 m high, resinous on young shoots, young branchlets angular becoming terete with age, grey.

Leaves lanceolate, 55 - 120 mm long, 6 - 16 mm wide, margins flat or slightly recurved, rounded and glabrous, adaxial surface glabrous and smooth, abaxial surface papillose and sparsely hairy with stellate hairs, 0.7 mm across.

Flowers on peduncles up to 4 mm long; male flowers solitary or in shortly pedunculate clusters of up to 4, pedicels 7 - 9 mm long. Female flowers solitary with pedicels 6 - 10 mm long. Ovary glabrous, thickly resinous.

Fruit subglobose, 10 - 12 mm long, glabrous, smooth with persistent calyx, 3 - 4 mm long; mostly 2 or 3 seeded, each seed 5.7 - 6.5 mm long, dark brown or mottled dark brown and grey.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Type
Specimen

Flowering: Flowers throughout the year particularly spring to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Known from Nungatta and Nalbaugh National Parks, southern NSW and in Dandenong and East Gippsland, Victoria.

Found on sheltered rocky hillslopes and in gullies in open Eucalypt forests communities with rainforest understorey shrubs.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Beyeria lanceolata is most similar to B. viscosa but differs by its lanceolate rather than narrow elliptic to obovate leaf blades and larger sub-globose fruit which are 10 - 12 mm long cf. 6 - 8 mm long in B. viscosa.

Text by Kristina McColl
Taxon concept: Halford and Henderson (2008) A taxonomic revision of Beyeria Miq. (Euphorbiaceae: Ricinocarpeae, Ricinocarpinae) Austrobaileya 7(4): p. 582-583


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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