Phyllanthus tenellus Roxb., Fl. Ind. ed. 1832 3: 668 1832. (Syn. Diasperus tenellus (Roxb.) Kuntze; Diasperus corcovadensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze; Phyllanthus brisbanicus F.M.Bailey; Phyllanthus corcovadensis Müll.Arg.; Phyllanthus minor Fawc. & Rendle; Phyllanthus tenellus var. roxburghii Müll.Arg.);
Tanzania to Mozambique, SW. Arabian Peninsula, W. Indian Ocean: Angola, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Yemen; Introduced into: Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Azores, Bahamas, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Canary Is., Cape Verde, Caroline Is., Cayman Is., Cook Is., Costa Rica, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, India, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Madeira, Marquesas, Mexico Central, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, Northern Territory, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Seychelles, Sicilia, Society Is., South Carolina, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tennessee, Texas, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Vanuatu, Venezuela, Virginia, Western Australia, Windward Is. as per POWO;
Long Stalked Leaf-Flower, Long-stalk phyllanthus, Hens and Chickens, Mascarene Island leaf-flower;
fil-LAN-thus — meaning, flower leaf; it appears to flower from a leaf like stem
ten-ELL-us — meaning: small, delicate, tender
Native to: e tropical Africa, w Indian Ocean, s Arabian peninsula; naturalized elsewhere
Erect annual herbs 20-75 cm tall; stem simple or with permanent branchlets, subterete below, channelled above, glabrous, 3-12 cm long, with 10-25 leaves Leaves alternate, 0.5-2.1 x 0.3-1.1 cm, broadly elliptic to obovate, subacute at tip, acute to rounded at base; petioles 0.5-0.8 mm long; stipules lanceolate-acuminate, 0.8-1.2 x 0.2-0.3 mm. Flowers minute in axillary bisexual or unisexual cymules of 1-5 flowers on deciduous branchlets. Male flowers 1.5 mm across, white, 1-3 in unisexual cymules of 1 or 2 proximal nodes and in bisexual cymules of succeeding 3-10 nodes with female flowers; pedicels filiform, 0.5-1.5 mm long; sepals 5, imbricate, broadly obovate, acute to rounded at apex, 0.5-0.7 x 0.5-0.8 mm, membraneous, whitish with a narrow greenish midrib; disk segments 5, broadly cuneate, thin, entire, 0.2 mm across; stamens 5, free, alternate with the disk segments; filaments filiform, 0.2-0.4 mm long, bent near the tip; anthers oval, dehiscing vertically. Female flowers 1.4-1.6 mm across, 1 or 2 in the bisexual cymules of proximal 3-10 nodes and solitary in the succeeding distal nodes; pedicels capillary, 2.5-6 mm long, terete basal olive green; sepals 5, triangular-ovate, 0.6-0.8 x 0.3-0.5 mm, whitish with a thick greenish midrib, somewhat cuculate and acute at the apex; disk annular to somewhat 5-gonoal, membraneous; ovary smooth; style 3, appressed to ovary, cleft to 2/3; lobes diverging, the tips subcapitate. Capsule depressed-globose, 1.3-1.5 mm across, greenish, smooth; stalk 4-6 mm long; seeds trigonous, 0.75-0.8 x 0.6-0.65 mm, densely papillose.
Flowering and fruiting: June-December
Waste places and plantations
Native of Mascarene Islands; now established in many tropical countries
ID(ID-DKB139) : Attachments (1). 6 posts by 3 authors.
Seems to be Phyllanthus nururi belonging to Euphorbiaceae. A relative of Amla- P. emblica.
Thanks, It is different.
… ¿ Phyllanthus tenellus ? some photos at http://www.flickr.com/search/Phyllanthus+tenellus
Thanks Dineshji, for correct identification. It is long stalked Phylanthus (P. tenellus) and differs from P. nururi, which has no floral stalk.
[efloraofindia:34885] NATURALIZED :: Phyllanthaceae (leaf flower family) » Phyllanthus tenellus : Attachments (5). 5 posts by 3 authors. Phyllanthaceae (leaf flower family) » Phyllanthus tenellus (syn. Phyllanthus corcovadensis)
Thanks for nice photographs of new for me plant. And yes phyll. for leaf is fine but not fil., which would mean filius, son.
… fil-LAN-thus is key to pronunciation.
Yes you are right!!!. When explaining etymology the appropriate way is
Any how thanks for information.
Which Phyllanthus? : Attachments (2). 5 posts by 3 authors.
This small herb about a height of 1 feet was located near Hotel Prakruti on way to Kas in Sep2010.
… most probably Phyllanthus tenellus … the long-stalked phyllanthus, Mascarene Island leaf-flower …
native to eastern tropical Africa, western Indian Ocean, southern Arabian peninsula; naturalized elsewhere.
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Because of your wonderful illustrations and pictures of a series of Phyllanthus species, I got stimulated to see these tiny herbs which I used to neglect.
… am more stimulated with one older post of … stating … there are about 50 species of Phyllanthus in India.
Yes, to P. tenellus.
[efloraofindia:35039] Phyllanthus series : Attachments (4). 6 posts by 3 authors.
it was an excellent series of Phyllanthus. I had heard one sps of Phyllanthus niruri, Does it exist?
… may not be as good at identifying Phyllanthus species as much as managed to impress !!
will you please go through the mails you have send for these two species? I may be wrong but please confirm that they are not same.
all the doubts are cleared by …
And what he say is correct. It is P. tenellus.
I think i had exchanged some mails regarding it. Thanks again
I have started growing the plant without de weeding and it has gone to about 10 inches.
Euphorbiaceae fortnight :: Phyllanthaceae :: Phyllanthus tenellus in Mumbai :: DV67 : 6 images. 3 posts by 2 authors.
Phyllanthus tenellus Roxb. … Phyllanthaceae, Euphorbiaceae s. l.
in Goregaon on 27 AUG 08
at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan on 15 MAY 10
I think the identity is correct.
EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT ::Phyllanthus for ID :: SMP 12 : 3 images. 4 posts by 3 authors.
Phyllanthus for ID
This small herb was spotted in Satara on way to Kas.
Phyllanthus tenellus is a weed in gardens. It is native of Mauritius
I think the identification is correct.
Phyllanthus For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 031213 : AK-6 : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Yes, Phyllanthus tenellus.
Requesting ID – Phyllanthus :: ARKJAN-27/27 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Request to please provide ID of this Phyllanthus captured as a weed in my balcony garden in Mumbai in December 2014.
I think your plant is Phyllanthus tenellus.
SK1624 05 Dec 2018 : 12 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)- around 750 kb each.
Location: Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Date: 31 October 2018
Elevation: 0 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Which Phyllanthus sp. ?
Male flowers with disc glands. Female sepals white-margined. Phyllanthus.
Please try to match here
Phyllanthus fraternus G.L.Webster. ?? But not listed in HK.
may be Phyllanthus reticulatus.
I am sorry. Not getting the species.
Phyllanthus rheedii please check
Yes, Phyllanthus rheedei is a good match! However, I was hesitating as to the location and mention of its being cultivated!
Could be P. tenellus.
Tenellus was recently reported from hk from cultivation.
Thank you … It looks good match.
Phyllanthus tenellus Roxb.
Plant is just on left side of the Kowloon Mosque.
Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : 07112013 ARK-33 : For ID : Mumbai : August 2013 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Phyllanthus tenellus, perhaps.
efi page on Phyllanthus tenellus
Looks matching !
Agree with Phyllanthus tenellus.
To me also appears close to images at To me also appears close to images at Phyllanthus tenellus
= Phyllanthus tenellus.
Euphorbiaceae fortnight : Phyllanthus sp. for id confirmation BRS 031 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.
Location: Adyar, Chennai
… must be Phyllanthus tenellus. Please wait for validating comments.
Looks like Phyllanthus rheedei. Or else P. airy-shawii. I am not sure from the photographs.
I guess Phyllanthus rheedei looks close.
I think it’s Phyllanthus tenellus
To me also looks close to images at Phyllanthus tenellus
check with P.tenellus
= Phyllanthus tenellus.
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