Phyllanthus inflatus Hutch.

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Status: Native
Monoecious, deciduous, multi-stemmed tree to 9 m tall. Lateral leafy shoots long, up to 45 cm, crowded at the branch ends, appearing after the flowers, strongly resembling pinnate leaves, Leaves 3-6 cm long. Flowers in clusters on leafy lateral shoots, the fascicles all male or male with one female flower. Male flowers: stamens 5. Fruit 1.5-3 cm in diameter, inflated.
Derivation of specific name: inflatus: inflated, like a bladder, referring to the fruit.
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Worldwide distribution: South Sudan south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: S
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 416. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 42.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 46.

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Flora of Mozambique: Phyllanthus inflatus
Flora of Zambia: Phyllanthus inflatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Phyllanthus inflatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phyllanthus inflatus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phyllanthus inflatus
African Plant Database: Phyllanthus inflatus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Phyllanthus inflatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Phyllanthus inflatus
Plants of the World Online: Phyllanthus inflatus
Tropicos: Phyllanthus inflatus
Wikipedia: Phyllanthus inflatus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Phyllanthus inflatus., retrieved 19 April 2024

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