Erect herbs, glabrous, leafy branchlets scabrous. Leaves 14-18 x 6 mm, 21-30 pairs on lateral branchlets, oblong, acute at both ends, serrulate, nerves 8-10 pairs; petiole to 1 mm long; stipule ovate, cordate at base, decurrent on either sides. Female flowers sessile, solitary; sepals 5 or 6, 1 mm long, ovate, acute. Male flowers solitary, subsessile; sepals ovate. Capsule 3 x 3 mm, rugose; seeds 6, 2 x 1.5 mm, trigonous, transversally strongly ridged connected with minute parallel crossbars.  

Flowering and fruiting: July-November
Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests and grasslands
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Attachments (3).
Phyllanthus virgatus var. gardnerianus (Wight) Govaerts & Radcl.-Sm; (= P. gardnerianus)
Wild herb from Coonor area of Nilgiris 

Thanks, … P. virgatus var. gardnerianus (Wight) Govaerts & Radcl.-Sm. (& Phyllanthus gardnerianus (Wight) Baill.) is Phyllanthus simplex Retz. var. gardnerianus (Wight) Müll. Arg. as per Flora of India Vol 23 (2012) (Editors N. P. Balakrishnan, T. Chakrabarty, M. Sanjappa, P. Lakshminarsimhan & P. Singh- by Botanical Survey of India).

We have followed Webster in adopting the name P. simplex.

ANSEPT50 Phyllanthus sp. for ID : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4).

Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
13th September 2014

It seems Phyllanthus reticulatus

P. reticulatus is not matching sir. The plant I have found lacks the 5 calyx lobes and pubescent branches seen in P. reticulatus..
P. gardnerianus perhaps?

I can think of no other species than Phyllanthus reticulatus for the present.

Okay sir, thank you.

While seeing the unresolved mails, I came across this post. I think you are right in determining this as Phyllanthus gardnerianus, also treated as P. simplex var. gardnerianus. Good photography.

Phyllanthus sp. from Chikamagalur for ID-GS06012020-2 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help with ID. Phyllanthus sp. from Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road, Bangalore. September 26, 2015.  

… has suggested Phyllanthus gardnerianus, another one not in our database

Both Catalogue of life and World Flora online consider it as  Phyllanthus virgatus var. gardnerianus (Wight) Govaerts & Radcl.-Sm.

CoL and POWO mentioned distribution in India !


Kindly suggest name of this Phyllanthus : (Mixed thread): 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Is it not Phyllanthus urinaria?

the picture from Flowers of India is of Phyllanthus urinaria. I missed asserting about it in my above response.

This shows prostrate habit. Photographed by …

to me the posted plant (3 attached pictures) do not look P. urinaria to me. The leaves of posted plant do not seem to have a clear tip that I know for P. urinaria.
P. simplex comes to my mind, but the leaves of posted plant look relatively shorter in length. I may be wrong with my observations.

The prostrate habit is unique. The subsessile flowers and fruits point to P. urinaria which is an erect herb. The problem can be solved only if … can collect specimens for further studies.

This should be Phyllanthus gardnerianus instead.



POWO  Catalogue of Life  Flora of Peninsular India  
Flora of India Vol 23 (2012)  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  India Biodiversity Portal  

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