Phyllanthus tenellus

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Phyllanthus tenellus
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Photo by Keith Bradley, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Euphorbiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Phyllanthus
Species: P. tenellus
Binomial name
Phyllanthus tenellus
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Natural range of Phyllanthus tenellus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Mascarene Island leaf-flower

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Phyllanthus tenellus var. tenellus





It can be found growing along buildings, under trees in dry loamy sand of cultivated fields, and in moist loam in cultivated flower gardens and lawns. [1]


It has been observed flowering in January.[2]

Seed bank and germination

Seed density observed to be highest three years post-fire. [3]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey, R. L. Wilbur, E. L. Dunn, H. A. Hespenheide, D. R. Wiseman, Loran C. Anderson, T. MacClendon, K. MacClendon, Geo. Wilder. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Jefferson, Leon. Dominica. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 12 DEC 2016
  3. Navarra, J. J., N. Kohfeldt, et al. (2011). "Seed bank changes with time since fire in Florida rosemary scrub." Fire Ecology 7(2).