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Phyllanthus lacerosus Airy Shaw
Family Phyllanthaceae
Phyllanthus lacerosus Airy Shaw APNI*

Synonyms: Phyllanthus sp. A sensu Harden (1990) APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading perennial herb or subshrub to 30 cm high, glabrous, many-stemmed at base with a central rootstock.

Leaves narrow-oblanceolate, to 25 mm long, 5 mm wide, glaucous, apex acute, venation prominent on lower surface; stipules subulate, c. 2 mm long, whitish.

Flowers in small clusters on peduncles c. 1 mm long, lengthening to 2 mm long in fruit. Female perianth segments narrow, to 1.5 mm long, margins white, reflexed below fruit. Styles shortly 2-lobed.

Capsule ± 3-lobed, 3–4 mm wide; seeds c. 1.5 mm long, dark brown to black, smooth, striations just visible.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon, Coonamble – Baradine district.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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