Phyllanthus lacunellus Airy Shaw

Sandhill Spurge

Kew Bull. 35: 387 (1980) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Monoecious perennial herb to 30(–60) cm high; branchlets rounded, ribbed, sometimes papillose. Leaves subtending branches not reduced to scales (but lower leaves often deciduous, then a scar and 2 stipules present), normal leaves obovate to obcordate, 5.5–18 mm long, 2.5–7.5 mm wide, apex sometimes shortly mucronate, glabrous; petioles to 1.5 mm long; stipules triangular, to 1.4 mm long, cream to yellow-brown often with a pink centre. Inflorescences with sexes mixed; male flowers 1–2 per axil; pedicels 0.3–1 mm long; sepals 0.5–1.2 mm long, white, pink, or red; disc 0.4–0.8 mm wide; anthers subsessile. Female flowers 1–2 per axil; pedicels at anthesis 0.3–0.8 mm long, in fruit 0.8–1.7 mm long; sepals 0.5–1.6 mm long, white, yellow-brown, or pink; disc 0.5–1 mm wide; styles divided half or more of their length, 0.2–0.6 mm long. Capsule transversely ellipsoid, apically depressed, 1.3–2 mm long, 2.3–3 mm wide; seeds red to red-brown, 1.1–1.5 mm long, rugose and ribbed, deeply pitted on one side. Flowers most of year (depending on rains).

MuM, MSB, RobP. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to the far north-west, near the Murray River downstream from the Chalka Creek anabranch. Typically occurring on sandy rises, lunettes of lakes etc.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
genus Phyllanthus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phyllanthus lacunellus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phyllanthus lacunellus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales