Phyllanthus leucocalyx is an erect, annual to short-lived perennial plant usually growing 10 - 45cm tall, occasionally to 100cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
East tropical Africa - ?Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique.
Open or rocky, generally damp, places in a variety of associations; disturbed places; sandy soil, in herbaceous savannah; with grasses and sedges in pools; at elevations from sea level to 1,000 metres[
A leaf infusion is drunk to get relief from childbirth pains and a decoction of the whole plant is drunk to cure stomach-ache and as an emetic[
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