Bertya findlayi F.Muell.

Mountain Bertya

Fragm. 8: 141 (1874) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect or spreading shrub to c. 2 m high; branchlets yellowish-tomentose, becoming glabrous but remaining minutely tuberculate from the persistent hair bases. Leaves narrowly oblong to narrowly obovate, mostly 2–5 cm long, 4–9 mm wide, apex obtuse to truncate, base tapering into petiole, margins recurved, upper surface dark green and glabrous, lower surface white with a velvety covering of stellate hairs; petiole 1.5–3.5 mm long. Flowers solitary, rarely in 2s or 3s on peduncles 3–6 mm long; bracts 4 or 5, 1.8–2.7 mm long, glabrous or tomentose along abaxial midline. Male flowers sessile; perianth segments ovate, 3.5–4.6 mm long, glabrous. Female flowers sessile; perianth segments narrowly ovate to narrowly triangular, 4.2–4.6 mm long, glabrous; styles deeply 3- or 4-lobed. Capsule ovoid, 7.5–9.3 mm long, glabrous to sparsely stellate-hairy. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

HNF. Also NSW. Rare in Victoria, known only from moist forest and streamsides in the Corryong area.

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: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-29

Halford, D.A. & Henderson, R.J.F. (2002). Studies in Euphorbiaceae A.L.Juss. sens. lat. 3. A revision of Bertya Planch. (Ricinocarpeae Muell. Arg., Bertyinae Muell.Arg.), Austrobaileya 6(2): 187-245.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Euphorbiaceae
genus Bertya
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bertya findlayi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bertya findlayi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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