Slender, quite glabrous shrubs, up to 2-2.5 m tall. Leaves alternate, very thin, petioled, membranous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, base acute; nerves 6-8 pair, distinct; stipules small, ovate-lanceolate; pedicels much shorter than the leaves. Flowers very small, the calyx -lobes with obscure scarious margins; male flowers often 3-nate. Sepals slightly enlarged but not reflexed in fruit. Stamens 3; filaments free. Ovary 3-celled; anthers didymous; styles short, reflexed, arms recurved. Capsules minute, smooth, coriaceous; seeds ribbed.

Flowering and fruiting: August-December
Dry deciduous forests
India
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

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ANNOV45 Phyllanthus sp. for identification : 9 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (5)
Nelliyampathy, Kerala
November 2014


The plant is Phyllanthus niruri


To me it is Phyllanthus caroliniensis, but I am not sure.


I think, the leaflet of P. niruri is much smaller


Pl share pictures of whole plants.

My guess is P. rheedii but I may be wrong.


I forgot to click the habit shot of this plant sir.

It was a shrub about 3 feet tall.


Well, Phyllanthus niruri in Indian flora is an admixture of three different species while the original species, i. e. P niruri is not occurring in India. The present images belong to Phyllanthus leschenaultii.


Submission of Phyllanthus leschenaultia : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Plant name: Phyllanthus leschenaultii Müll.Arg., Linnaea 32: 37. 1863. 
Family:  Phyllanthaceae
Description:
Woody herbs; stems erect, 30-250cm tall; branches not leaf like. Foliage-leaves alternate, laxly arranged, orbicular, 0.5-1cm across, thick, coriaceous, acute at apex; stipules minute, acute. Male and female flowers small, occurring together in same axils. Male flowers 2mm. Perianth lobes 6, greenish with scarious margins, obtuse. Stamens 3, connate into a column; anthers reniform. Female flowers green, 3mm across, perianth accrescent; fruiting pedicel thickened; disc broadly lobed, styles erect. Capsule globose, and the seeds are darker brown in colour.
Habitat & location: Rare. Found in rock crevices in forest under growth. Photographed at Panchalingaala kona.


I observed the images and the description that you provide with much interest.

First, is this species recorded for Andhra Pradesh?  
Second, the leaves of P. leschenaultii are usually membranous to thinly chartaceous. Could the coriaceous leaves (as in this case) be individual variation? What was the altitude?
Further, you have mentioned that the stipules are minute – what is the size and shape?
The images otherwise agree well with Phyllanthus leschenaultii.


Yes, … It is from Andhra Pradesh

 

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Id of this Phyllanthus species is requested : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Earlier I have identified it as  Phyllanthus leschenaultii Müll.Arg., but when cross checked with Phyllanthus species of efi it is different, doesnot match with any of the posted species; please help me in the id.  It is photographed at Panchalingaala kona of Nellore district.

description:
Description:

Woody herbs; stems erect, 30-50cm tall; branches not leaf like, wiry but hard. Foliage-leaves alternate, laxly arranged, orbicular, 0.5-1cm across, thick, coriaceous, mucronate at apex; stipules minute, acute. Male and female flowers small, occurring together in same axils. Male flowers 3-4mm across. Perianth lobes 6, greenish with scarious margins, obtuse. Stamens 3, connate into a column; anthers reniform. Female flowers green, 3mm across, perianth accrescent; fruiting pedicel thickened; disc broadly lobed, styles erect. Capsule globose, and the seeds are darker brown in colour.
Habitat & location: Rare. Found in rock crevices in forest under growth. Photographed at Panchalingaala kona.


At first the name comes to mind is Phllanthus rotundifolius which it is not because of the coastal habitat and prostrate or ascending habit.

The present images are referable to Phllanthus leschenaultii except for the orbicular and coriaceous leaves, apiculate at apex. 
A new varietal status for this plant on these characters may be considered.

  

 

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