Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs or small trees, monoecious or dioecious. Leaves alternate, often viscid, simple, margins entire, recurved or flat, sessile or subsessile; stipules absent. Flowers axillary; males often clustered on recurved peduncles; females solitary; bracts present. Male flowers with 4 or 5 imbricate calyx lobes; petals minute or absent; stamens numerous; filaments short, crowded on a hemispherical receptacle; anthers 2-celled, dehiscing longitudinally. Female flowers with 4 or 5 imbricate calyx lobes that are often thicker and narrower than those of males, often enlarging after anthesis; ovary 3-celled, 3-lobed, ovules 1 per cell, stigma sessile, broad, entire or shortly 2- or 3-lobed. Fruit an ovoid capsule, on an erect, angular peduncle; seeds 1–3, obloid, smooth, shiny, caruncle present.

About 15 species, all endemic to Australia.

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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