Phyllanthus virgatus G.Forst. APNI*
Synonyms: Phyllanthus simplex Retz. APNI*
Phyllanthus filicaulis Benth. APNI*
Phyllanthus minutiflorus (F.Muell.) Müll.Arg. APNI*
Phyllanthus eboracensis S.Moore APNI*
Description: Prostrate to erect herb or subshrub to 50 cm high, with many stems from the base; glabrous or scabrous.
Leaves oblong or narrow-elliptic to ovate, 5–20 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, lower surface paler.
Flowers solitary, or males few together; peduncle variable, extending up to 8 mm long under fruit. Perianth segments mostly 6, 0.5–0.75 mm long and to 1 mm under fruit, often reflexed. Stamens 3, filaments free.
Capsule 1.5–3 mm diam., glabrous; seeds to 1.5 mm long, ± tuberculate.
Flowering: spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
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 (1990)
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