Plants of the Castlemaine District

Small Poranthera - native (Poranthera microphylla)

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Family: Phyllanthaceae. It was formerly included in the Euphorbia family. As with the euphorbias (the rubber tree family), the sap is milky.


Common bushland plant. It flowers in late spring or summer.


Each plant has separate male and female flowers. The female flowers produce fruit which are on erect stalks.


Photos: Small Poranthera. All: Fryers Ridge. 1: Male Flowers. 2: Plant with mostly female flowers pm2pm2

3. Male flowers. 4: Fruit are on erect stalks.