Common name: Scrubby Spurge
Phyllanthus gunnii Hook.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Phyllanthus gasstroemii Müll.Arg. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 2 m high, glabrous.
Leaves 2-ranked, lamina broad-ovate to circular, sometimes obovate-oblong, mostly 10–20 mm long and 8–12 mm wide, apex notched.
Male flowers in clusters of 3–7 on peduncles 1–4 mm long, female flowers solitary on peduncles lengthening to 8 mm in fruit. Perianth segments ovate, 1.5–2 mm long, margins whitish. Stamens 3, filaments free, slender, glands prominent. Ovary glabrous, styles mostly linear, entire.
Capsule c. 4 mm diam., often reddish brown; seeds with irregular, longitudinal ridges.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on rocky slopes and along river banks, frequently on sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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