Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1070

Forb
Annual
Monoecious
Does not have milky sap

Non-native: Mascarene Islands
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare north of SC Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in disturbed areas, esp in and around greenhouses, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate: scalelike & spiral on stems; well-developed & 2-ranked on branchlets

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Sepals white with a green midrib
Unisexual
5 sepals
Petals absent
5 stamens in staminate flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Phyllanthus tenellus   FAMILY Phyllanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phyllanthus tenellus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) (MISIDENTIFIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-10-002:
Phyllanthus amarus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mascarene Island Leaf-flower


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image of Phyllanthus tenellus

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74589

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Erect glabrous plant with short, divergent to horizontal branches, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Phyllanthus tenellus

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74589b

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Leaves lacking on the main stem, branches deciduous, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Phyllanthus tenellus

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74591

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Phyllanthus tenellus

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74591b

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Sepals white except for a green midrib, per Flora of North America.

image of Phyllanthus tenellus

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74591c

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Long, capillary pistillate pedicels that are flexuous and pendent in fruit, per Flora of North America.