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Common name: Thyme Spurge
Phyllanthus hirtellus F.Muell. ex Muell.Arg. APNI*
Synonyms: Phyllanthus thymoides Muell.Arg. APNI*
Phyllanthus hirtellus f. A sensu Harden (1990) F.Muell. ex Muell.Arg. APNI*
Phyllanthus hirtellus f. B sensu Harden (1990) F.Muell. ex Muell.Arg. APNI*
Description: Spreading shrub to c. 80 cm high, ± pubescent.
Leaves broad-obovate to narrow-oblanceolate, 2–8 mm long, apex obtuse, mucronate, truncate or emarginate, margins ± flat, recurved or revolute, midrib prominent below; ± sessile.
Male flowers 2 or 3 together, female flowers solitary; peduncles to 2 mm long. Perianth segments ovate, 1.5–2 mm long. Stamens 3, filaments free. Ovary ± pubescent; styles deeply bifid.
Capsule c. 4 mm diam., ± pubescent; seeds c. 2 mm long, finely reticulate.
Flowering: spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Common in heath and dry sclerophyll forest.
In heath and dry sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
A widespread and variable species; informal forms are sometimes recognized in N.S.W.
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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