Old Fruit Split (after summer)
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Order:||Spurges & Allies (Malpighiales)|
|Family:||Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Smooth Wallaby-bush (Beyeria opaca)|
|This Photo:||Fruit Has Fallen|
Thank you Geoffrey Cox for confirming the id of this species for us
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.