Phyllanthus saxosus F.Muell.

Linnaea 25: 441 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Dioecious shrub to 2 m high; branchlets glabrous but commonly pustulate. Leaves obovate, obtriangular, or deltoid, 5.7–24 mm long, 4.5–16.5 mm wide, rounded to emarginate, mucronate, glabrous but prominently pustulate and glittery, paler below; stipules c. ovate, to 3.5 mm long, red-brown or black; petioles to 2 mm long. Male flowers 2–10 per axil; pedicels 1–4 mm long; sepals 0.9–2 mm long, yellow; disc 0.6–1.3 mm wide; stamen filaments free or connate to half their length, 0.2–0.7 mm long. Female flowers solitary; pedicels at anthesis 2–5 mm long, in fruit 2.5–8.5 mm long; sepals 0.6–2.8 mm long, green, often lobed; disc 0.9–1.6 mm wide; styles undivided, 1.2–2.4 mm long; ovary 0.6–1.3 mm long; Capsule transversely ellipsoid, apically depressed, 2.6–3 mm long, 4.2–4.7 mm wide. Seeds pallid-brown or red-brown, 2.1–2.3 mm long, striate. Flowers Mar.–Dec.

GGr. Also WA, SA. Extremely rare (if still present) in Victoria, known from a single (1895) collection from Mt Arapiles and an undated collection labelled 'Mt William' but of dubious provenance.

This species is very similar to P. gunnii, and may be included within this species after further research. It can, however, be distinguished from the latter by its distinctive pustulate appearance.

Source: Hunter, J.T.; Bruhl, J.J. (1999). Phyllanthus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
genus Phyllanthus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phyllanthus saxosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phyllanthus saxosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Greater Grampians present native

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