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Family: Euphorbiaceae
Euphorbia planiticola

Citation: Hassall, Aust. J. Bot. 25:446 (1977).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Plains spurge. Perhaps perennial glabrous erect herb to 50 cm high; stems slender, branching dichotomously, usually leafless below; leaves subopposite above, linear to narrowly lanceolate, to 50 mm long and 5 mm wide, obtuse, attenuate into a petiole to 5 mm long, a little denticulate distally, glabrous except for a few scattered trichomes on the lamina; stipules not observed.

Cyathia solitary, on peduncles to 1 mm long, in uppermost axils and terminal; involucre campanulate, c. 1 mm long; gland ovate, yellow, entire, without appendages, the intervening lobes ciliate; male flowers 4 or 5 in each fascicle at anthesis; styles quite long, to 0.7 mm, entire, capitate.

Capsule depressed-globose, 3-lobed, c. 3 x c. 3.5 mm, smooth; seed almost ovoid, to 2.2 mm long and c. 1.6 mm broad, deeply pitted and reticulate, a dark blue-green; caruncle small, concave-convex, c. 0.5 mm diam., sessile.

image of FSA2_Euphorbia_pla.jpg Euphorbia planiticola twig and seed.
Image source: fig 402e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Grows in deeply cracking clay soils.

  N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: apparently all year round.

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Biology: Not Applicable

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