Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1071

Forb
Annual
Monoecious
Does not have milky sap

Non-native: tropical southeast Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont

Look for it in gardens and on roadsides, apparently preferring nitrogen-rich soils, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
USDA Forest Service Southern Regional Task Force ... Nonnative Invasive Species

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellowish-white
Unisexual
6 sepals
Petals absent
3 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Green
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Phyllanthus urinaria ssp. urinaria   FAMILY Phyllanthaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phyllanthus urinaria   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Chamber Bitter