Gaudich., Voy. aut. Monde (Bot.) 489 (1830).
Synonymy: Croton quadripartitum Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. Sp. 2:73, t. 223 (1806)..
, Adriana klotzschii, Croton quadripartitus, Trachycaryon klotzschii
Common name: Rare bitterbush.
Spreading shrub, wholly glabrous with reddish stems 1-3 m high; leaves opposite, subsessile, lanceolate (in S.Aust.), 2-8 cm long, 5-20 mm wide, distantly crenate-toothed, veins on the lower surface distinct, on the upper not, with slightly revolute margins.
male spikes reddish, 5-10 cm long, to 25-flowered; bracts reddish, ovate, c. 8 x 5 mm; calyx of usually 4 triangular-ovate sepals c. 4 x 2.5 mm; female spikes first reddish, later yellowish-green, 2-5 cm long; rhachis with scattered peltate glands 0.5-0.7 mm across, 3-5flowered; calyx usually of 4 ovate-lanceolate sepals c. 6 x 2.5 mm; ovary and fruit glabrous, styles more or less free.
capsule ovoid, 8-10 mm long and wide; seed ovoid, c. 5 x 3 mm.
||Adriana quadripartita leaf and male flower.
Image source: fig 395c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 289.
S.Aust.: GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. W.Aust.; Vic.
Flowering time: June.
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