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Genus Breynia Family Phyllanthaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees, monoecious.

Leaves alternate, entire, petiolate.

Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, small, shortly pedunculate. Perianth segments 6, shortly fused. Male flowers with 3 stamens, fused into a column. Female flowers with 3-locular ovary; 2 ovules in each loculus; styles 3, short.

Fruit an indehiscent berry.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 25 species Malesia 7 Australia. Australia: 4 species, Qld, N.S.W., N.T.

Formerly in Euphorbiaceae.

Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 401 (1990), in Euphorbiaceae
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)

One species in NSW: Breynia oblongifolia

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