Adriana tomentosa var. hookeri (F.Muell.) C.L.Gross & M.A.Whalen

Mallee Bitter Bush

Australian Systematic Botany 9: 767 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading shrub 0.5–2 m high, glabrous or tomentose; stems green to reddish. Leaves alternate, occasionally some opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 2–9 cm long, 0.6–5.3 cm wide, unlobed or 3-lobed, apex acute to obtuse, base cuneate, margins crenate, wavy or entire, occasionally serrate with blunt teeth, upper surface dark green, tomentose or glabrous, lower surface paler, glabrous to tomentose; petiole 0.4–7.5 cm long. Male spikes 5–28 cm long; female spikes 0.8–5.5 cm long. Male flowers with 4 sepals 3–6 mm long. Female flowers with 3–8 sepals 2.5–12 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Jan.

HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria, confined to the north-west, on sand hills in mallee communities; a collection purportedly from the Tambo River (near Ensay) is of doubtful provenance.

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, 2017-08-23
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Adriana tomentosa var. hookeri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Adriana tomentosa var. hookeri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory