Phyllanthus sp.

Phyllanthus in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed among savanna vegetation off the Magadi Rd. near Kiserian, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

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Phyllanthus sp. photo by Michael Plagens  Phyllanthus sp. photo by Michael Plagens

PERENNIAL: Mostly herbaceous with very slender horizonatal branches which resemble compound leaves. Plant less than 50 cm tall.

FLOWERS: Small green-white flowers which are on the undersides of the horizontal branchlets. This image shows developing, unopened flowers.

LEAVES: Leaves are lance shaped and evenly spaced along the horizontal branchlets. There are also minute scale-like leaves along the same branches.

RANGE: This species was observed among sunny, savanna vegetation southwest of Kiserian, Kenya.

FRUIT: The seeds are contained in small, three-parted capsules.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Phyllanthaceae -recently moved from Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 4 Feb. 2015,
updated 22 Feb 2016.