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Phyllanthus similis Müll.Arg.
Family Phyllanthaceae
Phyllanthus similis Müll.Arg. APNI*

Description: Erect subshrub to 60 cm high, rhizomatous, glabrous, well-branched with distinctly reddish stems and branches.

Leaves 2-ranked, lamina obovate to elliptic, mostly 10–20 mm long, 6–10 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute or mucronate.

Male flowers in 2- or 3-flowered clusters on peduncles to 1 mm long, females usually solitary,on peduncles lengthening to 3 mm long in fruit. Perianth segments ovate, c. 1.5 mm long, slightly enlarging in fruit. Stamens 3, filaments free. Styles short, deeply bifid.

Capsule 3.5–4 mm diam., pale yellow-orange; seeds orange-brown, striated.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows along creeks or at the edge of rainforest, mainly on the coast.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


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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