Bertya tasmanica subsp. vestita Halford & R.J.F.Hend.

Austrobaileya 6: 238 (2002) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub 1–2.5 m high; branchlets greyish- or yellowish-tomentose, glabrescent with age. Leaves narrow-linear, mostly 1–3 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, non-resinous, apex acute or obtuse, base tapering into petiole, margins revolute, upper surface glabrous, hispid or scabrous, lower surface tomentose; petiole to c. 2 mm long. Flowers on peduncles 0–3 mm long; bracts mostly 7–10, 2–3.5 mm long, usually tomentose. Male perianth segments ovate, c. 4 mm long, more or less glabrous. Female perianth segments lanceolate, 5–6 mm long, scarcely enlarging in fruit, sparsely to densely hairy; ovary usually densely stellate-hairy, styles deeply 2–4-lobed. Capsule narrow-ovoid, 6–10 mm long, sparsely stellate-hairy. Flowers May–Jan.

HNF, LoM, MuM. Apart from isolated eastern records from rocky streamside habitats in the Omeo and Mt Buller areas, confined to the north-west of Victoria where locally common in sandy mallee and mallee-heath communities.

Halford & Henderson (2002) in their revision discuss four informal variants, three of which occur in Victoria (including the 'Typical variant'). The 'Typical variant' occurs in western Victoria. The 'Fine-haired variant' and the 'Glabrous-ovary variant' occur in eastern Victoria.

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

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