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Phyllanthus maderaspatensis L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 982 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Phyllanthus
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for NA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Phyllanthus maderaspatensis L. var. maderaspatensis
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Phyllanthus thonningii Schumach. & Thonn. (1827)
=Phyllanthus guenzii Müll. Arg.
=Phyllanthus paxianus Dinter (1926)
Taxon infra-specific
Phyllanthus maderaspatensis L. var. maderaspatensis
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Monoecious spreading or stiffly erect unbranched or much branched woody perennial (or annual) herb 15-90(-120) cm tall; shoots monomorphic, indefinite, angular, often reddish or brownish tinged.
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Ecology : Deciduous woodland, bushland on a wide variety of soils (usually heavy clay or alluvial); frequently a weed, particularly of cotton; wooded or short grassland; stream-sides; edges of other wet places (floodplains, seasonally flooded dambos and pans); etc.
  Extremely variable in habit and leaf-shape.
  Botswana, Namibia, S. Africa; Old World tropics and subtropics (common and widespread).
  Comprises 2 vars.
Biol./Eco : Herb; Subhumid, Dry, Subarid; Thicket, Inselberg/Rock Face; 0-499 m, 500-999 m; distribution: Mascarenes, Africa, Asia, Australasia/Pacific,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:315 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • BARRY J. P. & J. C. CELLES (1991). Flore de Mauritanie. Institut supérieur scientifique de Nouakchott - Université de Nice. 1: 186
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: 119
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 2: 40 (2000).

Bibliography other :
  • Ralimanana, H. & P. Hoffmann (2011). taxonomic revision of Phyllanthus (Phyllanthaceae) in Madagascar and the Comoro islands.1 synopsis and subgenera Isocladus, Betsileani, Kiganelia and Tenellanthus. Kew Bull. 66: 334
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