Phyllanthus virgatus

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Phyllanthus virgatusFamily: Phyllanthaceae
Genus: Phyllanthus
Common name: Seed-under-leaf
ALA reference

This is a common plant and widely distributed and possibly considered to be a weed by some gardeners. It grows from a central taproot with thin spreading branches and alternate leaves. The plants are monoecious with typically a single female flower and several male flowers arising from each leaf axil. The tiny three lobed fruit capsules hang down below the branches; hence the common name. Interestingly this species was collected by Banks in 1770 during his voyage on the Endeavour. (November 2009)