Common name: Egg-leaf Spurge
Euphorbia oblongata Griseb. APNI*
Description: Woody perennial to c. 80 cm high; stems 2-several, softly pubescent.
Stem leaves alternate, sessile, linear to oblong-elliptic, 20–60 mm long, 10–20 mm wide, glabrous.
Stems divided into 4 or 5 fertile branches with a whorl of sessile leaves at the base, usually shorter and broader than the stem leaves. Fertile branches simple or divided again; often similar rays may arise from the axils of lower leaves. Floral leaves broad-ovate or elliptic to ovate, mostly 8–20 mm long. Cyathia mostly solitary on peduncles to 5 mm long; involucre c. 2.5 mm long; glands 2.
Capsule globose, c. 3.5 mm long, tuberculate, glabrous; seeds c. 2 mm long, brown, smooth with a darkish caruncle.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of parts of SE Europe and Turkey. Naturalised in USA and Australia, NSW, Vic and Qld.
Occasional; garden escape.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
The name Euphorbia depauperata var. pubescens, as published in the Flora of NSW Vol. 1, revised edition 2000, page 425, was misapplied to this taxon.
Text by Louisa Murray (August 2011)
Taxon concept: Based on Flora of NSW Volume 1, revised edition, 2000.
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