Phyllanthus engleri Pax

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Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Phyllanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

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Synonyms:
Common names: Spurred phyllanthus (English) Spurred potato-bush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Glabrous, dioecious, shrub or small tree to 8 m. Bark grey, fissured. Leafy branchlets up to 30 cm, borne on stout 2-3 cm long spur-branchlets these bearing scale leaves, which harden into thick, stout spines. Foliage leaves usually suborbicular, dull to yellowish green above, ± glaucous beneath; apex rounded or obtuse; stipules 1-4 mm, lancolate, caducous. Flowers in fascicles. Male flowers: sepals (4-)5, strongly imbricate, ovate; disk glands 5; stamens free. Female flowers not known. Fruit subglobose, 1.5-2 × 2-2.5 cm, 3-lobed, yellowish-green, Seeds up to 6, c. 1 cm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: engleri: named after Dr Prof Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler (1844-1930), German Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Berlin, who initiated extensive botanical exploration in Africa.
Habitat: In hot, dry, deciduous woodland; also in Kalahari Sand vleis and on alluvial flats, often on termitaria.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 September 2013
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 473. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 47.


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African Plant Database: Phyllanthus engleri
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Phyllanthus engleri
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Phyllanthus engleri
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phyllanthus engleri
Ispot Southern Africa : Phyllanthus engleri
JSTOR Plant Science: Phyllanthus engleri
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Phyllanthus engleri
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West African Plants database: Phyllanthus engleri


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Phyllanthus engleri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134130, retrieved 27 July 2016

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