Phyllanthus virgatus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Phyllanthus virgatus G. Forst.
  • Synonyms : Phyllanthus simplex Retz.
  • Common Name : Moti Bhoi-Amli, Seed Under Leaf, Virgate Leaf-Flower
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Phyllanthus virgatus Plant :

  • Habit : Perennial herbs with 15-60 cm high, tap root, stems simple or branched from the base, glabrous, often purplish, branches flattened, curving upwards, minutely winged when young.
  • Leaves : Linear or linear-oblong, obtuse and apiculate at apex, rounded or tapering at base, entire and thickened along the margins, dark-green, glabrous, petioles very short, articulated to stem, stipules peltate, subsagittate, scarious.
  • Flowers : Flowers small, greenish-yellow, axillary, solitary, males few, subsessile, minute, females many long-pedicelled, larger.
  • Fruits :
    • Capsules, globose, greyish-brown, glabrous, obscurely 3-lobed, 6-seeded.
    • Seeds reddish-black.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July - November
  • Significance :
    • The fresh leaves with milk are used as wash for itch in children.
    • The fresh leaves, flowers and fruits are useful in gonorrhoea.