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Phyllanthus fraternus G.L. Webster
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Information on the genus : Phyllanthus
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for TA : accepted (indigenous)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Phyllanthus fraternus subsp. togoensis Brunel & J. P. Roux
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Phyllanthus niruri auct. non L.sensu Hook.f. p.p., sensu Engl.; Schinz & Junod, Hutch. p.p., F.W.Andrew; Key; P.G.Mey.
=Phyllanthus niruri L. p.p.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Monoecious slender erect annual herb 10-45 cm tall; orthotropic shoots angular; plagiotropic shoots 5-7 cm long, angular, the older ones co-axillary with secondary orthotropic shoots.
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Ecology : Broadleaved deciduous woodland with Adansonia, Anogeissus, Boswellia papyrifera; edges of flood-plains, on mud-flats and shady damp ground in bushland; sandy-clayey hollow; sandy soils; gravelly plateau with muddy soil; ...
  Botswana, Namibia. - Though reputedly native only in Pakistan and NW India, it occurs in Ethiopia and Kenya in within little-disturbed natural vegetation. Yemen, Dhofar. Cape Verde Islands. Introduced in West Indies.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: annual-Herb - Ht 0.1 - 0.45 m. Alt: 90 - 1830 m. Distribution: BOT, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1991). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Généralités et Anonaceae à Pandanaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 1: 233
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Record n°107435 modified 2007-04-17
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