Phyllanthus urinaria

Phyllanthus urinaria

(Phyllanthus)

FAMILY

Phyllanthaceae

Species

Phyllanthus urinaria

Common name

Phyllanthus

Flower colour; life form

Flowers green, herb to 30 cm tall

Distinguishing features

A small perennial herb with leaves alternate and in the one plane; flowers/fruits borne in axils on lower side of branch. The young early leaves are larger to 1.5 cm long an mauve on lower surface, than those on the later branches. These ‘mature’ leaves are less than 1 cm long and narrower and pale green on the under surface. Small capsule, greenish break into 3.

Scan of Phyllanthus