4299.000 Phyllanthus L.

Description of the genus

Monoecious or dioecious herbs, shrubs or trees. Leaves often of two types: scale-like cataphylls and foliage leaves. Foliage leaves alternate, often distichous, stipulate, simple, usually entire. Flowers small, axillary, the males usually in pairs or in fascicles in the axils of the lower half of the flowering shoots (which often resemble pinnate leaves), the females usually solitary in the upper axils. Male flowers: pedicels often capillary, sepals (4-)5-6, ± equal, imbricate; petals 0; disk glands (4-)5-6; stamens 2-6; pistillode 0. Female flowers: pedicels more robust than in the male flowers; sepals as for males but often larger; petals 0; disk flat or cup-shaped, annular and entire or variously toothed, rarely composed of separate glands; ovary usually 3(-many)-locular; ovules 2 per loculus; styles 3, rarely more. Fruit 3(-many)-locular, dry and dehiscent or fleshy and ± indehiscent. Seeds 2 per loculus, without a fleshy, outer coating.

Worldwide: c.600 species in tropical and warm regions

Mozambique: 40 taxa.

Phyllanthus reticulatus var. reticulatus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acidus (L.) SkeelsM
asperulatus Hutch.M
beillei Hutch.N,MS,GIDescription, Image
bernierianus Baill. ex Müll. Arg. var. glaber Radcl.-Sm.[NrEnd]MSImage
boehmii PaxN
delagoensis Hutch.N,Z,GI,M
engleri PaxN,MSDescription, Image
fraternus G.L. WebsterZ,MS
glaucophyllus Sond.T,M
graminicola S. MooreMS,GI
hutchinsonianus S. MooreZ,MS
incurvus Thunb.Z,M
inflatus Hutch.MSDescription
leucanthus PaxNDescription, Image
leucocalyx Hutch.N,Z
loandensis Welw. ex Müll. Arg.N
macranthus Pax var. macranthus N,MS,GIDescription, Image
macranthus Pax var. gilletii (De Wild.) Jean F. Brunel ex Radcl.-Sm.N,MS
maderaspatensis L.Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
manicaensis Jean F. Brunel ex Radcl.-Sm.[End]MS
mendoncae Jean F. Brunel ex Radcl.-Sm.N,MS,GI,M
muellerianus (Kuntze) ExellT
myrtaceus Sond.MSDescription, Image
nummulariifolius Poir. var. nummulariifolius N,Z,T,MS,GIImage
nummulariifolius Poir. var. capillaris (Schumach. & Thonn.) Radcl.-Sm.N,Z,MS
nummulariifolius Poir.[Agg]N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
ovalifolius Forssk.N,MSDescription, Image
parvulus Sond. var. parvulus N
parvulus Sond. var. garipensis (E. Mey. ex Drège) Radcl.-Sm.M
paxii Hutch.N
pentandrus Schumach. & Thonn.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
pinnatus (Wight) G.L. WebsterT,MSDescription, Image
polyanthus PaxN,Z,GI
reticulatus Poir. var. reticulatus N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
reticulatus Poir. var. glaber (Baill.) Müll. Arg.N,M
reticulatus Poir.[Agg]N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
reticulatus Poir. var. orae-solis Radcl.-Sm.[End]M
tenellus Roxb.M
tsetserrae Jean F. Brunel ex Radcl.-Sm.[End]MS
welwitschianus Müll. Arg.NDescription, Image

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Flora of Malawi: Phyllanthus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Phyllanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phyllanthus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phyllanthus
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iNaturalist: Phyllanthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phyllanthus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Phyllanthus
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Tropicos: Phyllanthus
Wikipedia: Phyllanthus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Phyllanthus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=833, retrieved 2 December 2023

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