Phyllanthus gunnii

Shrubby Spurge

A medium shrub with upright branches. Male and female flowers separate, occurring on the same plant.

Additional information

  • FamilyPhyllanthaceae (syn. Euphorbiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-3 m x 0.6-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesRound to elliptic yellow-green to grey-green leaves, paler below, 9-33 mm x 4-20 mm, distinctly veined, tip blunt, often notched. Pair of red-brown leaf-like stipules at the base of leaves, to 4.5 mm long.
  • Flower colourGreenish-yellow
  • Flowering timeMainly September to January
  • FlowersA profusion of tiny flowers with 6 sepals in 2 rings, hanging on stalks to 7 mm long in leaf axils; male flowers in groups of 1-21, female in groups of 1-4. Flattened fruit to 3 mm, becoming reddish.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in sheltered gullies of open forests. Semi shade to dappled shade. Grows densely after fires and other disturbance.
  • Garden useAn attractive foliage plant which responds well to pruning.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Last known collection from a single site in 1924.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Ken Harris ©; 3 Ian McCann, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 4 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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