Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Phyllanthaceae

Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Description of the family

Trees, herbs or shrubs, rarely climbers, succulents or aquatics. Leaves simple, alternate, rarely opposite, absent in some Phyllanthus species; margins entire, rarely toothed. Stipules usually present. Sap absent. Inflorescence axillary, rarely terminal; consisting of cymes, racemes, panicles, fascicles or solitary flowers. Flowers unisexual, rarely bisexual; actinomorphic; bracteate, usually yellow to green or pink to maroon. Sepals free or fused, usually imbricate or valvate. Petals free or absent. Ovary superior; carpels fused. Fruit usually a capsule or schizocarp, or a drupe or berry.

Worldwide: 54-60 genera and c. 2000 species mostly pantropical but also many in southern temperate zones and some northern temperate

Botswana: 7 genera and 30 taxa.

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GenusContent
Antidesma L.Description
Bridelia Willd.Description
Flueggea Willd.Description
Hymenocardia Wall. ex Lindl.Description
Margaritaria L.f.Description
Phyllanthus L.Description
Pseudolachnostylis PaxDescription

Other sources of information about Phyllanthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Phyllanthaceae
Flora of Malawi: Phyllanthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Phyllanthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Phyllanthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Phyllanthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Phyllanthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phyllanthaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Phyllanthaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Botswana: Family page: Phyllanthaceae.
http://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=297, retrieved 15 December 2017

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