Beyeria viscosa (Labill.) Miq.


Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. sér. 3 1: 350, t. 15 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x)


Most old Victorian records of B. viscosa are referable to B. lanceolata.

Erect shrub to c. 4 m high. Leaves narrow-elliptic, 20–50 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, acute at apex, margins flat or slightly recurved, glabrous, upper surface dark green, often viscid, lower surface pale green to whitish; petiole 3–6 mm long. Male flowers solitary or up to 5 in a cluster on a viscid peduncle to c. 4 mm long; pedicels 3–10 mm long; bracts oblong, to c. 3 mm long, green; sepals ovate, 2.8–5 mm long, viscid. Female flowers solitary on peduncle to c. 4 mm long; pedicels 5–20 mm long; sepals ovate 2.2–3 mm long, whitish; ovary glabrous, resinous, stigma c. 2 mm wide, sessile, cap-shaped, persistent in fruit. Capsule ovoid to globose, 6–8 mm long, virtually glabrous, viscid; seeds usually 3, obloid, c. 6 mm long, reddish-brown, usually mottled. Flowers mostly Dec.–Feb.

Also WA, NT, Qld, NSW. Known in Victoria from a single 1903 collection from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, habitat unknown.

The Victorian specimen has leaves at the small end of the range for the species - mostly under 40 mm long and 10 mm wide.

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: Neville Walsh, 2014-08-08
Distribution map
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 viscosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Beyeria viscosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct native

State distribution

Distribution map
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South Australia
New South Wales