Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa

Eastern Bitter-bush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading shrub 0.5–2 m high, glabrous or tomentose; stems green to reddish. Leaves alternate, occasionally some opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 3–17 cm long, 3.5–13 cm wide, unlobed or up to 5- (usually 3-) lobed, apex acute to acuminate, rarely obtuse, base cuneate to cordate, margins acutely or obtusely serrate, sometimes more or less crenate, rarely entire, upper surface dark green, tomentose or glabrous, lower surface paler, glabrous to tomentose; petiole 0.3–7.5 cm long. Male spikes 5–34 cm long; female spikes 2–7 cm long. Male flowers with 4 sepals 3–6 mm long. Female flowers with 3–8 sepals 2.5–12 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Feb.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF. Also WA, NT, Qld, NSW. Apparently confined in Victoria to East Gippsland where often occurring in riparian habitats. Specimens previously attributed to Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa from south-western Victoria are based on misdterminations of Adriana quadripartita.

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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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