Adansonia 6: 285, 286 (1866) APNI
Prostrate, ascending or decumbent perennial herb, glabrous; stems to c. 20 cm long, much-branched, becoming woody at base. Leaves opposite, ovate or ovate-oblong to suborbicular, 2–10 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide, apex obtuse or notched, base asymmetric, margins serrulate to entire; petioles to c. 1 mm long; stipules united between petioles, triangular, entire, notched or irregularly (but not deeply) toothed, to c. 0.7 mm long. Cyathia solitary in uppermost axils or terminal on short branchlets; peduncles to c. 0.5 mm long; involucre conical, to c. 1 mm long; glands reniform, c. 0.3 mm long, usually with red, pink or white petaloid appendages; female flowers with styles shortly bilobed. Capsule subglobose, 1–2 mm diam., keeled, smooth, glabrous; seeds quadrangular-oblong, c. 1 mm long, apiculate, smooth to rugulose between ribs, white to pink or brownish, caruncle absent. Flowers throughout the year.
CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Widespread in inland parts of Victoria where native, as well in western region of Melbourrne, but also collected from railway yard at Cranbourne, usually growing on heavier soils.
The vast majority of plants previously known as Euphorbia drummondii in Victoria belong to this species (a few collections from the far north-west are E. multifaria). E. drummondii occurs in WA, NT, Qld and northern NSW It differs from E. dallachyana inter alia by the deeply bipartite stipules.
Halford, D.A. & Harris, W.K. (2012). A taxonomic revision of Euphorbia section Anisophyllum Roeper (Euphorbiaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 8(4): 481-484, , Austrobaileya 8(4): 441-600.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|