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Ricinocarpos speciosus Müll.Arg.
Family Euphorbiaceae
Ricinocarpos speciosus Müll.Arg. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 3 m high, branches hairy with long stellate hairs.

Leaves lanceolate to ± oblong, 2–8 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, upper surface with stellate hairs when young, glabrous with age, lower surface densely rusty-tomentose; petiole 3–8 mm long.

Flowers in clusters of c. 5 males and 1 female, peduncle 10–20 mm long. Sepals c. 4 mm long. Petals c. 1 cm long, white.

Capsule oblong, c. 10 mm long, covered with long stellate hairs, sometimes glabrescent; styles persistent.


Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence:

Found in a range of habitats, on creek banks, rocky slopes of hillsides, ridge tops, and old floodplains.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RCi
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


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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