Euphorbia australis Boiss. APNI*
Synonyms: Chamaesyce australis (Boiss.) D.C.Hassall APNI*
Euphorbia australis var. typica Domin APNI*
Description: Prostrate annual or short-lived perennial 30–60 cm wide, stems much branched, villous.
Leaves obovate-oblong, 5–8 mm long, margins often finely toothed, base asymmetric, both surfaces villous; shortly petiolate.
Cyathia on peduncles to 0.5 mm long; involucre red, villous; glands 4 or 5, appendages red to white, petaloid; styles bifid.
Capsule < 2 mm long, 1.5 mm diam., villous; seeds c. 1.5 mm long, pinkish, angular, slightly wrinkled between the angles.
Flowering: most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: In sandy and skeletal soils in creeks and on ridges.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Euphorbia australis var. erythrantha (F.Muell.) Benth. occurs in New south Wales.
Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, as Chamaesyce australis in Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
Taxon concept: Halford, D.A. & Harris, W.K. (2012), A taxonomic revision of Euphorbia section Anisophyllum Roeper (Euphorbiaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 8(4): 463-464; accepted by APC (accessed January 2017)
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