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

Caprivi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
mendesii Jean F. Brunel ex Radcl.-Sm.Not applicable
reticulatus Poir. var. reticulatus Not applicableDescription, Image
reticulatus Poir.[Agg]Not applicable

Other sources of information about Phyllanthus:

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Flora of Botswana: Phyllanthus
Flora of Malawi: Phyllanthus
Flora of Mozambique: Phyllanthus
Flora of Zambia: Phyllanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Phyllanthus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Phyllanthus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Phyllanthus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Phyllanthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phyllanthus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Phyllanthus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Phyllanthus.
http://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=833, retrieved 25 May 2016

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