Sauropus rigens (F.Muell.) Airy Shaw APNI*
Synonyms: Phyllanthus rigens Müll.Arg. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1 m high, branches often ending in spines.
Leaves clustered on short branchlets; lamina cuneate to obcordate, 2–10 mm long, to 3 mm wide, apex obtuse to emarginate, minutely bristly; ± sessile; stipules blackish.
Flowers solitary. Male flowers on peduncle 1–2 mm long; perianth segments fused. Female flowers on peduncle to 8 mm long, perianth segments to 3 mm long, ± free.
Capsule ovoid-oblong, 5–6 mm long, smooth; seeds c. 7 mm long, strongly reticulate and pitted.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in skeletal soil on dry sandstone hills or in red earths; rare.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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