Phyllanthus debilis Klein ex Willd., Sp. Pl. 4: 582 1805. (Syn: Diasperus debilis (Klein ex Willd.) Kuntze; Phyllanthus boninsimae Nakai; Phyllanthus leai S.Moore; Phyllanthus niruri var. debilis (Klein ex Willd.) Müll.Arg.; Phyllanthus niruri var. javanicus Müll.Arg.);
Maldives to W. Malesia: Andaman Is., India, Jawa, Malaya, Maldives, Nicobar Is., Sri Lanka, Sumatera; Introduced into: Bangladesh, Brazil Southeast, Caroline Is., East Himalaya, Fiji, Florida, Hawaii, Kazan-retto, Leeward Is., Line Is., Marianas, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, New Guinea, Niue, Northern Territory, Ogasawara-shoto, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Samoa, Society Is., Taiwan, Thailand, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Windward Is. as per POWO;


Phyllanthus for identification 040113MK03:

Please help me to identify this herb found in coastal zone. The characteristic feature being angular stem. Could this be Phyllanthus debilis?
Leaf: 1 cm long
Tepals: 6
Date: 24 Dec 2012
Place: Nagapatnainam Dist., TN
Alt.: 2 – 3 m asl
Habitat: Coastal and near salt pans

Yes, it does look like Phyllanthus debilis



Requesting ID of this Phyllanthus plant – Mumbai :28062013 : ARK-02 : Attachments (10). 6 posts by 3 authors.
Requesting to please ID this Phyllanthus plant captured in Mumbai in June 2013. The pictures of two different plants in the same garden.

It may be Phyllanthus debilis.

The images lack proper resolution.  They seem to represent Phyllanthus debilis or else an admixture of P. debilis and P. amarus!  I am not sure.

Attached images are Phyllanthus debilis Klein ex Willd. collected from Assam
Date :21.12.2012 & 06.11.13
Location: Kamrup district, Assam
Family : Euphorbiaceae (Phyllanthaceae)

Oh yes.



Attached are pictures of a plant captured in a garden growing wild in Mumbai in June 2013.
Requested to please provide ID.

To me it looks like Phyllanthus debilis. Let’s wait for experts’ comments.

Phyllanthus debilis.



EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT : Phyllanthaceae : RVS-5 : 1 image. 3 posts by 2 authors.
Phyllanthus debilis Klein ex Willd.
Please confirm the id.
Collected from: Tirunelveli dt., TN.

I think that Phyllanthus debilis is correct identification.



Phyllanthus debilis Klein ex Willd  : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Phyllanthus debilis Klein ex Willd
Date: 9/04/2012
Place: Kamandoddi, Near Hosur, Krishnagiri Dt, Tamil Nadu
Sandy grey soil, 800m altitude,
Herb in flowering and fruiting, weed in vegetable field (Bindi, Tomato)
Substitute to Bhuimiamla which cures Jaundice and promotes appetite.

Yes, Phyllanthus debilis.



ARJUl23 Confirmation for Phyllanthus sp.- Phyllanthus fraternus? :  5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Bangalore 13th July

I would rather call it Phyllanthus debilis. But wait for experts’ comments.

The leaves indeed look like Phyllanthus debilis and herewith I confirm the id.



ANAUG54 Please confirm if Phyllanthus debilis : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).

August 2014

Yes, it looks like P. debilis to me too.

Yes, it is P. debilis.


Weed for ID : Nasik : 25JAN22 : AK – 38: 3 images.
A wild weed seen in plant nurseries.
Seems to be from the Phyllanthus family.

Phyllanthus urinaria??

Looks close.

Please cross verify !

Pl. post high res. images to see the details.

Found one more image.
3 high res. images.

Possibly Phyllanthus debilis.



Phyllanthus sp (?) from Kamrup district, Assam:

Attaching images of what look like Phyllanthus sp. Please ID for it.
Date : 21.12.2012
Location: Kamrup district
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Genus & species : Phyllanthus sp.(?)
Habitat: Grows wild on rock of the stream
Habit :Shrub
Flower : Flower not seen
Fruits : Present

Phyllanthus debilis

Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : Phyllanthaceae : For ID : 131113 : AK-89 : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 2 authors.
A small wild plant seen couple of days ago in Muscat with green berries. (13.11.13)
Id please.

Could this be Phyllanthus fraternus, commonly known as Bhui-amla?

It is not Phyllanthus amarus. Could be P. debilis.

Thanks for the feedback.
Adding one more picture taken earlier…..hope it belongs to the same species.


SK 3714 April 2023: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Miraya Greens Resort, Bengaluru, India
Date: 25 March 2023
Altitude: 940m.
Habitat : Wild
Moeroris debilis (J.G.Klein ex Willd.) R.W.Bouman syn : Phyllanthus debilis Klein ex Willd., or
Moeroris fraterna (G.L.Webster) R.W.Bouman.  syn : Phyllanthus fraternus G.L.Webster   ??

A common weed here.  Found in my garden.

Phyllanthus debilis

Please see:

Yes … I have suggested accordingly!





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