Phyllanthus kaessneri is a perennial plant usually producing several stems from the base. These stems are more or less woody and can persist for several years. The plant usually grows up to 3 metres tall, though sometimes it can become larger and more tree-like[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The main threat to the habitat of this species comes from development along the coast for agriculture, tourism and urbanization. However, it has a wide distribution and so is currently classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
East tropical Africa - eastern DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia.
Riverine forests in deep shade, dense evergreen thicket around granite boulders, on edges of evergreen fringing forest and in mushitu; at elevations around 800 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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 plant is used in a mixture as a cough medicine[
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