This species is very close to Phyllanthus odontadensis.
Phyllanthus eylesii S.Moore
Phyllanthus merripaensis Jean F.Brunel
Phyllanthus leucanthus is an erect annual to perennial plant with stems that can become more or less woody and persist. It can grow up to 90cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Tropical Africa - Gabon, DR Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Usually in shady places in dense riverine and lakeshore vegetation, high rainfall miombo woodland and evergreen forest margins; also in dambos; plateau and submontane grasslands; disturbed and cultivated ground at elevations from 520 - 1,645 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 root sap is given to babies to speed up the detachment of the umbilical cord[
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