Common name: Wheeler's Spurge
Euphorbia wheeleri Baill. APNI*
Synonyms: Chamaesyce wheeleri (Baill.) D.C.Hassall APNI*
Description: Annual herb 15–30 cm high with ascending to erect slender stems, glabrous.
Leaves ovate-oblong, mostly 8–15 mm long, margins entire to finely toothed, base asymmetric; stipules entire or lobed, to 8 mm long.
Cyathia shortly pedunculate; involucre c. 1 mm long, glands yellow to red with narrow, white to pink, entire or lobed appendages; styles divided nearly to base.
Capsule glabrous, c. 2.5 mm long; seeds c. 2 mm long, pinkish, deeply wrinkled.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread in central Australia from the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts, Western Australia, through southern Northern Territory and NE South Australia to SW Queensland and far NW New South Wales.
Grows on sand plains, crests and upper slopes of sandhills.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, as Chamaesyce wheeleri, Flora of NSW 1 (1990); updated February 2017, P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: Halford, D.A. & Harris, W.K. (2012), A taxonomic revision of Euphorbia section Anisophyllum Roeper (Euphorbiaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 8(4): 577-580; accepted by APC (accessed January 2017)
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