Phyllanthus australis Hook.f.

Pointed Spurge

London J. Bot. 6: 284 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Dioecious herbs; branchlets smooth, minutely serrate along low ridges or c. papillose. Leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate or obovate, 5–10 mm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide, acuminate to rounded, often apiculate, flat, glabrous or papillate, margins thickened; stipules ovate, to 1.2 mm long, reddish; petioles to 0.9 mm long. Male flowers 1–3 per axil; pedicels 1.2–2.5 mm long; sepals 1–2.1 mm long, red when fresh; disc 0.9–2 mm wide; stamen filaments free 0.4–0.7 mm long. Female flowers 1 or 2 per axil; pedicels 0.9–3 mm long; sepals 1.1–3.1 mm long, white or pink; disc 1.3–2.3 mm wide; styles variously divided, 0.3–1.1 mm long. Capsule transversely ellipsoid, apically depressed, 2.2–2.5 mm long, 3.7–4 mm wide; seeds yellow-brown to pallid-brown, 1.9–2 mm long, 1.4–1.5 mm wide, scalariform to reticulate. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

DunT, Wim. Also Tas. Rare in Victoria where known from only 2 sites immediately west and east of the Grampians (near Balmoral and Fyans Creek respectively).

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

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