Phyllanthus fischeri is a very variable plant. It can be prostrate, procumbent, scandent or erect in habit, and either annual or perennial. Its stems can become more or less woody and the plant can become a slender, many-stemmed shrub growing up to 1 metre tall, or to 3 metres when climbing into the surrounding vegetation[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and toothbrush.
East tropical Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania.
Forest and bushland or riverine, often forming dense stands; at elevations from 1,500 - 3,000 metres[
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A fruit decoction is used in the treatment of roundworms[
A root decoction, combined with the roots of other plant species, is drunk to treat threatened abortion, female sterility and general malaise[
The twigs are used as toothbrushes[
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