Phyllanthus maderaspatensis L. APNI*
Synonyms: Phyllanthus maderaspatanus L. APNI*
Phyllanthus maderaspatensis var. thonningii Müll.Arg. APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading subshrub to 50 cm high, well-branched, glabrous.
Leaves 2-ranked, lamina narrow-oblanceolate, 1–4 cm long, to 5 mm wide, lower surface ± glaucous, apex obtuse or mucronate; stipules with white margins.
Male flowers 2 or 3 together with 1 female; male peduncles to 0.5 mm long, female peduncles to 1 mm long. Female perianth segments obovate with white margins, 2 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, twice the size of the male segments. Stamens 3, filaments united. Ovary glabrous; styles shortly 2-lobed.
Capsule c. 3 mm diam.; seeds 1–1.5 mm long with longitudinal rows of minute tubercles.
Flowering: spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Recorded for the Brewarrina and Collarenebri districts, mainly on heavy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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