Breynia disticha J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl. 73 1775. (Syn: Breynia axillaris Spreng.; Breynia disticha var. neocaledonica (Baill.) Müll.Arg.; Breynia disticha f. nivosa (W.Bull) Croizat ex Radcl.-Sm.; Breynia disticha var. nivosa (W. Bull) Croizat; Breynia nivosa (W.Bull) Small;  Breynia nivosa var. roseopicta (Regel) F.Br.; Melanthesa neocaledonica Baill.; Melanthesa neocaledonica var. forsteri Müll.Arg.; Phyllanthus nivosus W.Bull; Phyllanthus nivosus W.G. Sm.; Phyllanthus sandwicensis var. hypoglaucus H.Lév.);
New Caledonia to Vanuatu; Introduced into: Bolivia, Caroline Is., Chagos Archipelago, Cook Is., Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Florida, Gambia, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Hawaii, Leeward Is., Line Is., Marianas, Marshall Is., Niue, Norfolk Is., Ogasawara-shoto, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Seychelles, Society Is., Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Windward Is. as per POWO;
Common name: Hawaiian Snowbush


Plant for Id- 080112- NS1- flora of Madhya Pradesh:
I photographed dis beautiful plant in a private garden at Betul, MP. Liked it cuz here z a kinda colour reversal— flowers r Green n Leaves r Pink !

Looks like some species of Phyllanthus; please wait for comments.

Looks like a Breynia species, may be B. disticha, an ornamental plant.

Yes  … it looks lik..B.disticha.
could it b Breynia disticha Roseopicta ??
Plz confirm

I m not sur of d cultivars. But d ‘roseopicta’ plts hv rose/red coloration (frm d lnk u provided) whras ur plt is green. So I prfr 2 cal it up 2 sp lvl only, til v get mor responses frm members.

Nothing against anybody but in the above context I would like to share an article published in Mondays Economic Times about the online manners.
I have no issues…. just found the article interesting.

Breynia : 4 posts by 2 authors.
I like to know about one plant- Breynia nivosa, whether it is capable to overcome extreme hot and cold climatic conditions.

The plant tolerates moderately high temperature (40 to 44 degree Celsius) under humid conditions, as I have seen in Chennai. May not tolerate lower temperature



12052014GS1 a shrub for ID from Karnal-GSJUN02 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
Please help in the ID of this shrub photographed from Karnal, along roadsides.

This may be some Breynia species…
It is called Snowbush in Mumbai. This is the variegated variety. It is extensively used in Bonsai…
I may well be wrong though.

Yes … is right,
This is Breynia nivosa. Very common garden plant. planted for its variegated foliage.

Thank you … for the species ID. I have been looking for it since long…..

I am seeing it for the first time.

This is very common hedge plant in Vir Jijamata Udyan and Hanging Garden, Mumbai.

Correct name is B. disticha

Rather B. disticha f. nivosa



Attached are pictures of Breynia disticha in Mumbai in March 2013.
I have never seen fruits on this tree.
Kindly validate ID…

An exotic species ? I do not know it.

An exotic species not recorded in any literature.


Adding some more photographs of the same plant
Could this be Bretnia nivosa/B. disticha (no-variegated variety) based on confirmation of another plant by … in the following post:
Could … please provide feedback?

I am really seeing it for the first time

efi page on Breynia disticha (syn. B. nivosa)

I think it should be Breynia disticha (Cultivated) as per details and discussions herein.



Attaching photographs of the flowering of the Breynia species.
Requesting ID….

Breynia vitis-idaea as can be understood from the photos.

Breynia retusa, the cup and saucer plant.

Breynia retusa

I think it should be Breynia disticha (Cultivated) as per details and discussions herein.


Breynia nivosa ‘Rosea Picta: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Altitude: 60m.
Date: 03 April 2022

Habit : Cultivated


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