Phyllanthus myrtifolius (Wight) Müll.Arg., Prodr. 15(2): 396 1866. (Syn: Diasperus myrtifolius (Wight) Kuntze; Macraea myrtifolia Wight; Phyllanthus myrtifolius Moon ex Hook. f.);
Central & S. Sri Lanka; Introduced into: China Southeast, Hainan, India, Taiwan, Thailand as per POWO;
Common name: Mousetail Plant, Myrtle-leaved Leaf Flower


Pendulous Branched Shrub:
A shrub, 1 m tall, branches pendulous, flowers very small.  ID is requested.

I think Phyllanthus myrtifolius


Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : 07112013 ARK-32 : Phyllanthus myrtifolius from Mumbai : Attachments (11). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Attached are pictures of Phyllanthus myrtifolius from my pot garden, Mumbai in June 2013.
It was earlier posted on the forum for ID here

Excellent photos.


Sharing the flowers and fruits of Phyllanthus myrtifolius from my pot garden
Pics captured in June 2013
Requesting to please confirm ID..

This could be Phyllanthus multiflorus of Phyllanthaceae family.

Yes, it is

How does one distinguish betweem Phyllanthus myrtifolius and Phyllanthus multiflorus. Is there any key available?
FoI does not have Phyllanthus multiflorus but has Phyllanthus myrtifolius and the pics match.
Could anyone please provide some more information?

when I replied earlier I hadn’t seen … post and I was confirming the original question which was ” is it Phyllanthus myrtifolius” .
Now I can see this is confusing the issue.
To me it is surely P. myrtifolius. 

May be this link of some use

Phyllanthus Species: Scientific Evaluation and Medicinal Applications

I think this is Phyllanthus myrtifolius only, with narrow inverted-lanceshaped leaves. Also the flowers with stalks, are nearly as long as the leaves.

On the other hand, Phyllanthus multiflorus has broader elliptic leaves. Also flowers with the stalks are much smaller than the leaves:

Thank you … for the confirmation of the IDs and the reference links…
And I take this opportunity to state that your FoI site was my first teacher, thanks



ID of a shrub : 04032015 : RV 1 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments(2)
Please kindly ID this small shrub found in a garden in Thane, flowering & fruiting….pictures taken on 27th Feb,15.

I think this is Phyllanthus buxifolius 

After Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa, Phyllanthus myrtifolius has reached Maharashtra (it is a new record for the State).

It is planted in a Municipal Garden in Thane…..

Could it be Phyllanthus myrtifolius?

Yes, it is usually cultivated for hedges; a native of Sri Lanka.

Ok, I agree Phyllanthus myrtifolius. I send you my picture for comparison..
Attachments (1) 


Ornamental Plant for ID : Nasik : 25JAN22 : AK – 40: 2 images.
An ornamental plant seen at a plant nursery.

Close up clear image of cropped image ??

I too saw the tiny flowers/berries later.
Guess it is Phyllanthus myrtifolius.

Yes, maybe Phyllanthus myrtifolius, as suggested by you.

Phyllanthus myrtifolius.