Beyeria lechenaultii (DC.) Baill.

Pale Turpentine-bush

Adansonia 6: 307 (1866) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 50–150 cm high, viscid; branches ascending, slender. Leaves variable, linear to lanceolate, mostly 1–4 cm long, 2–4(–7) mm wide, obtuse or truncate, margins more or less recurved, upper surface shiny and glabrous, lower surface white-tomentose except for midvein; petiole 1–2 mm long. Male flowers 1–3 on peduncle 1–6 mm long; bracts triangular, to c. 0.5 mm long, brown; female flowers solitary on short peduncles that elongate in fruit. Male sepals ovate, 1–2 mm long, viscid; female sepals ovate c. 2 mm long, white-pubescent; stigmas forming a 3-lobed cup appressed to ovary, persistent in fruit. Capsule ovoid to globose, 6–8 mm long, on a whitish peduncle 3–5 mm long; seeds usually 3, obloid, c. 5 mm long, reddish-brown. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VVP, WaP, Wim. (Bass Strait islands). In Victoria mostly in the north-west, in mallee communities, but also along the coast and, rarely, in ranges and gorges.

The leaves are very variable and a number of varieties have been recognized mainly on the basis of leaf size and shape. These distinctions generally do not appear to be taxonomically useful-plants of intermediate leaf morphology abound. However, plants from coastal areas of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania have uniformly broad leaves (mostly 3–7 mm wide) and hence may be worthy of taxonomic recognition. These plants have been referred to B. lechenaultii var. latifolia Grüning.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Euphorbiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Euphorbiaceae
genus Beyeria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Beyeria lechenaultii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Beyeria lechenaultii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales