Beyeria opaca F.Muell.

Dark Turpentine-bush

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 16 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 50–150 cm high, viscid; branches ascending, slender, glabrous. Leaves oblong, mostly 10–15 mm long, 2–3(–7) mm wide, apex rounded, margins slightly thickened, flat or weakly recurved, glabrous, upper surface glossy green, lower surface paler; petiole 1–3 mm long. Male flowers 1–3 on peduncle 1–4 mm long; bracts linear, to c. 1 mm long, green; female flowers solitary on peduncles to c. 2 mm long, elongating in fruit. Male sepals ovate, 2.5–3 mm long, viscid; female sepals ovate, to c. 2 mm long, yellow-green, imbricate; stigmas 2-lobed, cup-shaped, sessile, persistent in fruit. Capsule ovoid to subglobose, 5.5–7 mm long, on a peduncle 2–5 mm long; seeds usually 2, obloid, c. 4 mm long, light brown with darker mottling. Flowers mostly Sep.–Nov.

LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP. Also SA, NSW. In Victoria confined to the far north-west where found mostly in dune mallee communities.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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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 opaca in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Beyeria opaca in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales