Phyllanthus cuscutiflorus (Pink phyllanthus) – Tube stock

$15.00

This is a hardy shrub or small tree, 3 – 4 m tall, occurring in north-east Queensland.

10 in stock

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Description

Stem
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.

Leaves
Leaf blades about 4.5-13 x 3-6 cm, much paler on the underside. Leaves tend to be distichous rather than spirally arranged on the rather slender twigs (about 0.5-1.5 mm diam.). Oil dots visible with a lens. Midrib raised on the upper surface.

Flowers
Flowers emit a strong obnoxious odour particularly in the late afternoon. Pedicels long and filiform, about 11-12 x 0.3 mm, flowers small, about 2 mm diam. Disk in the male flowers consists of three cerebriform glands. Stamens united to form an androphore. Disk in the female flowers continuous, somewhat lobed and slightly pitted. Tepals horizontal at maturity in the female flowers.

Fruit
Fruits depressed, +/- 3-lobed, about 3 x 4-5 mm. Seeds about 1.5-2 x 1.5 mm.

Seedlings
Cotyledons obovate, about 4-6 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade broadly ovateglabrousapex acute or obtuse, base rounded; stipules very small, triangular, visible only with a lens. All leaves after the first are produced on lateral branches which could be mistaken for compound leavesSeed germination time 8 days.

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