Phyllanthus hutchinsonianus is a usually much-branched perennial plant with stems that become more or less woody and can persist; it can grow from 50 - 250cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
East tropical Africa - Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Montane grassland usually in the shelter of rocks, on rocky slopes and beside streams, also in evergreen forest margin understorey, on edge of kloof forest and gallery forest; at elevations from 1,200 - 2,500 metres[
Plants are usually monoecious, but sometimes dioecious forms are found, in which case both male and female forms would need to be grown if seed was required[
The bitter leaves are eaten by women after childbirth as a stomach medicine[
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