Phyllanthus hirtellus

Thyme Spurge

Many-branched slender erect perennial shrub with male and female flowers on separate plants. Branchlets rough to hairy.

Additional information

  • FamilyPhyllanthaceae (was included in Euphorbiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size30-50 cm x 20-60 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesDark green, wedge-shaped, concave leaves 3-11 mm x 1.8-6.5 mm, paler below, margins and veins hairy, tip pointed or notched. Heart-shaped red or black leaf-like stipules at base of leaves.
  • Flower colourMale - white to yellow; female - white, yellow or green sepals
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • Flowers2-3 tiny male flowers in leaf axils; 1-2 small female flowers in leaf axils.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in dry forests. Frost tolerant. Semi shade.
  • Garden useSmall understorey shrub with relatively inconspicuous flowers. Prune to increase the life of the plant.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from one site on Mt. Dandenong. Common in East Gippsland.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©; 3 Swee Oon ©

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