Diasperus pallidifolius Kuntze
Diasperus pulcher (Wall. ex Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Epistylium glaucescens Baill.
Epistylium phyllanthoides Baill.
Epistylium pulchrum Baill.
Phyllanthus asteranthos Croizat
Phyllanthus lacerilobus Croizat
Phyllanthus pallidus Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus zollingeri Müll.Arg.
Reidia glaucescens Miq.
Phyllanthus pulcher is an erect shrub with a slender, sparsely-branched main stem. It can grow from 50 - 150cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is often cultivated for ornamental purposes in the tropics, valued especially for its floral display.
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia
Open forests, riverside scrub; at elevations from 700 - 1,800 metres in southern china[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position, preferring a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
The plant occasionally escapes from cultivation and can be found naturalized in old forest clearings, or as a weed in fruit gardens and along rivers[
Plants can produce flowers all year round[
A decoction of the leaves is drunk as a treatment for stomach aches[
A poultice made from the pounded leaves is applied topically to treat a range of conditions including boils, swellings, stomach aches, remittent fevers (apply to the abdomen), toothache (apply to the gum)[
]. Combined with cold rice and salt, the poultice is applied to the gums as a treatment for gum boils[
]. Combined with the leaves of ?Cnestis ramiflora, the poultice is used to treat malaria[
]. Combined with the leaves of Ageratum conyzoides and of Justicia sp., the poultice is used to treat itch[
The plant is pounded in cold water then the liquid is strained off and used to wash sore eyes[
A poultice made from the boiled leaves and roots is used to treat ulceration of the nose[
A poultice made from the pounded plant is applied to the abdomen to treat urinary trouble in children[
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