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Phyllanthus amarus

Image of Phyllanthus amarus



Phyllanthaceae / Euphorbiaceae


Phyllanthus amarus

Common name(s)


Flower colour; life form

Flowers green; herb to 50 cm tall

Distinguishing features

Small pantropical herb, common in gardens. Leaves are in one plane, stipules present, to 8 x 3.5 mm. Flowers all pendent from one side of the branch, separate male and female. Fruit globular-depressed, splits into 3, seeds ribbed. A moth in the genus Epicephala in family Gracillariidae is associated with this plant.

Associated moth:

Image of Epicephala moth

Phyllanthus amarus