Diasperus ovalifolius (Forssk.) Kuntze
Phyllanthus guineensis Pax
Phyllanthus lalambensis Schweinf.
Phyllanthus ugandensis Rendle
Phyllanthus ovalifolius is a much-branched, often dense, scrambling or spreading, weak-stemmed shrub or a tree, sometimes with a climbing habit. It usually grows 2 - 5 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres. The branches are long and slender; either horizontal, arching or pendent[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials for basketry.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
High rainfall deciduous woodlands; chipya woodland and thickets; evergreen rainforest; forest margins and gully forest; riverine forest and mushitu; sometimes on well-wooded rocky outcrops and termitaria; at elevations from 780 - 1,950 metres[
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Plants can be monoecious or dioecious. Dioecious forms will need both male and female plants if seed is required[
A plant decoction is drunk and used as a vapour bath to treat corneal ulcers[
A root decoction is drunk to treat cough[
A root and bark infusion is used to bathe sore eyes[
A leaf decoction is taken in the treatment of measles; the leaves, mixed with butter, are applied to the skin for the same purpose[
The flexible stems are used in making fish traps, baskets etc[
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