Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Phyllanthus subcrenulatus F.Muell.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Male flowers and female flower (top left) [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Flowers and leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Flowers, fruit and leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit, side view [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit, top view [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Habit and leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Habit, leaves and flowers. © Aaron Bean
Habit and leaves. © Aaron Bean

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1859) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1(5): 108. Type: "In silvis Australiae orientalis subtropicae."


Shrub to 2 m tall, often less than 1 m; branchlets angular. Plants glabrous.


Leaf blades about 0.8-3(-6) x 0.4-1.2(-2) cm, ovate to narrowly ovate, apex acute or acuminate, base acute. Leaf margin crenulate. Petioles very short. Leaves alternate. Midrib slightly raised, and other venation obvious. Stipules linear or narrowly triangular, about 1 mm long.


Inflorescence axillary, flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters or fascicles. Flowers unisexual, up to 3 mm diameter, and plants monoecious. Peduncle ca. 3 mm long, lengthening to 10 mm long in fruit. Tepals 6, in two whorls, yellowish to green with transluscent margins. Male flowers with 3 stamens, free. Female flowers with a 3-locular superior ovary, styles 3 and each deeply bifid.


Fruit green to brown, glabrous, globular, +/- 3-lobed, slightly concave at the apex, ca. 6 mm diameter. Seeds about 2 mm long. Perianth persistent in fruit.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CEQ near Eungella and southwards to New South Wales. Altitudinal range from about 200 m to 1000 m. Grows in drier rain forest.

Diasperus subcrenulatus (F.Muell.) KuntzeRevisio Generum Plantarum 2: 601 (1891).
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