Euphorbia multifaria Halford & W.K.Harris

Austrobaileya 8: 524 (2012) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Prostrate annual herb, glabrous; stems to c. 10 cm long. Leaves opposite, oblong, oblong-ovate or elliptic, 2–7 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, apex rounded, base asymmetric, margins minutely toothed; petioles to c. 0.5 mm long; stipules not or only shortly united between petioles, triangular, to 1 mm long, margins deeply laciniate, the stipules often appearing digitate. Cyathia solitary in uppermost axils or terminal on short branchlets; peduncles to c. 0.5 mm long; involucre campanulate, c. 0.5 mm long; glands cupuliform, 0.1–0.3 mm long, appendages vestigial, pink; female flowers with styles entire or shortly bilobed. Capsule subglobose, 1.5–2 mm diam., obtusely keeled, smooth or rarely minutely papillose, glabrous; seeds quadrangular-oblong, 1–1.5 mm long, smooth, faintly ridged, grey, white or pale brown, caruncle absent. Flowers throughout the year.

MuM, MSB, RobP. Also WA, SA. Known from a few collections in the far north-west (Annuello, Hattah, Benetook areas), on disturbed ground and receding lake margins.

Previously included in Euphorbia drummondii in Victoria but differing from that species in having smooth or only faintly ridged seeds. E. drummondii occurs in WA, NT, Qld and northern NSW.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-08-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-09-12

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.

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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Euphorbia multifaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Euphorbia multifaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales