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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Moeroris tenella   FAMILY Phyllanthaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phyllanthus tenellus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Phyllanthus tenellus

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) (MISIDENTIFIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 107-10-002:
Phyllanthus amarus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

(?) (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Phyllanthus lathyroides

 

COMMON NAME:
Mascarene Island Leaf-flower


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image of Moeroris tenella, Mascarene Island Leaf-flower

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 Moeroris tenella, Mascarene Island Leaf-flower

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74589b

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Leaves lacking on the main stem, branches deciduous, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Moeroris tenella, Mascarene Island Leaf-flower

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tenellus_74591

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Moeroris tenella, Mascarene Island Leaf-flower

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 Moeroris tenella, Mascarene Island Leaf-flower

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.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Moeroris tenella   FAMILY Phyllanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phyllanthus tenellus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Phyllanthus tenellus

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) (MISIDENTIFIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 107-10-002:
Phyllanthus amarus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

(?) (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Phyllanthus lathyroides

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1070

Forb
Annual
Monoecious

Non-native: Mascarene Islands

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

Habitat: Disturbed areas, especially in and around greenhouses, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Does not have milky sap

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate: scalelike & spiral on stems; well-developed & 2-ranked on branchlets
Leaves are subtended by stipules.

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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