Smooth Wallaby-bush
Old Fruit Split (after summer)
Ellura
Australian Hollyhock
Whole
 
      
Smooth Wallaby-bush (Beyeria opaca)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Spurge (Euphorbiaceae)
Species: Smooth Wallaby-bush (Beyeria opaca)
This Photo:     Fruit Has Fallen

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Short, wide bush, with fruit that starts green drying to pale brown, then reddish brown. Fruit has red cap when young, darkening to black later. The fruit is more like a nut really, very hard to break open when drying, and as can be seen the single seed is quite a larger percentage of the fruit size.
Leaves are dark green on top, pale under.
New growth is lime green, almost yellow, and darkens to a deep bottle green.
Flowers are small, with no petals, and look yellow due to the stamen.

Copyright © 2013-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Jun-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)