Phyllanthus reticulatus Poir.
var. reticulatus

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Phyllanthus reticulatus var. reticulatus

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Hot Springs, Save Valley

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Common names: Potato bush (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Usually a much-branched semi-scandent shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves ovate-oblong to elliptic, produced on short lateral branchlets, giving the impression of compound leaves. Flowers in clusters on short axillary branchlets, small, yellowish, sexes separate on the same plant, flowering before or with the new leaves. The flowering shoots and pedicels are covered in short, velvety hairs. Fruit berry-like, blackish when ripe.
Notes: Var. glaber (Baill.) Müll. Arg. is distinguished by flowering shoots being completely hairless.
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Habitat: In hot, dry deciduous woodland and riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 610 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Almost throughout the Paleotropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Content last updated: Monday 9 July 2007

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 317.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 93. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Phyllanthus reticulatus var. reticulatus., retrieved 2 April 2015

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