Phyllanthus lawii J.Graham, Cat. Pl. Bombay 181 1839. (Syn: Diasperus lawii (J.Graham) Kuntze; Diasperus nemorum (Russell ex Müll.Arg.) Kuntze; Phyllanthus juniperinoides Müll.Arg.; Phyllanthus nemorum Russell ex Müll.Arg.; Phyllanthus polyphyllus Dalzell & A.Gibson; Phyllanthus spinulosus B.Heyne ex Wall. [Invalid]);
India as per POWO;
Common name: Law’s Gooseberry • Malayalam: Uri • Kannada: Mullu nelli
Glabrous shrubs usually growing along river-banks; branches grooved. Leaves 3-5 x 2-2.5 mm, distichous, overlapping, linear-oblong, rounded at the apex, often apiculate, base rounded or subcordate, subsessile; nerves obscure; stipules 1.2 mm long, lanceolate-subulate. Flowers axillry, the males solitary or few together, the female solitary. Sepals of male and female flowers 6, linear-oblong, obtuse, those of the female flowers 2.5 mm long. Stamens 3, the filaments united in a short column; anthers erect with vertical slits. Styles 3. distinct, shortly and bluntly 2-fid, the short lobes usually recurved. Capsules 4 mm in diameter, on a very short pedicel, globose, slightly depressed, glabrous. seeds 2.3 mm long, 3-gonous, rounded on the back, glabrous.
Flowering and fruiting: December-March
Along the banks of streams and rivers
Phyllanthus lawii J.Graham SN Mar 20 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Phyllanthus lawii J.Graham, Fam Phyllanthaceae, shrub growing in streams and river margins,
collected from Bahamandala, coorg, Karnataka around 1000m altitude
Is it different from P.polyphyllus?
The identity is correct. Little close up should have been desirable.
submission of Phyllanthus lawii : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Plant name: Phyllanthus lawii J.Graham, Cat. Pl. Bombay: 181. 1839.
Ver.name: Law’s goose berry (Eng.)
Shrubs, or small trees, 2-3 m tall. Bark smooth and brown. Foliar branches 4-8 cm long, horizontal; short hooked spines are on either side of leafy branchlets. Leaves alternate; lamina 3-5 × 2-2.5 mm, distichous, overlapping, linear-oblong, rounded at the apex, often apiculate, base rounded or subcordate, subsessile; nerves obscure; stipules 1.2 mm long, purplish, lanceolate-subulate. Flowers white or pink, in axillary clusters and drooping on the adaxial side. Pedicels 3-6mm long. Sepals of male and female flowers 6; white, linear-oblong, obtuse in males; green with scaly margin, triangular, acute in female flowers. Stamens 3, the filaments united in a short column. Ovary 3 celled; styles 3, distinct, shortly and bluntly 2-fid, recurved. Capsules 4 mm in diameter, on a very short pedicel, globose, 6 angled, glabrous. Seeds 2-3 mm long, 3-gonous, rounded on the back, foveolate (Seed pits conspicuous).
Habitat & location: Found in hill side forests. Few plants are found at S.R.Puram- Porumamilla ghat.
As the images available with efi for Phyllanthus lawii and P.leischnaulti are not clear I am adding a few.
Thanks, …, for this difficult species.