Phyllanthus somalensis is a shrub with flexuous branches; it usually grows 1 - 2 metres tall, occasionally to 3 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
In Kenya the leaves are suspected of poisoning livestock[
East tropical Africa - southern Somalia, northeastern Kenya.
Sandy soil in Acacia, Commiphora bushland; margins of and thickets in pans; edges of temporary pools and swampy areas; often locally dominant in areas of impeded drainage; invading disturbed areas; at elevations from 30 - 570 metres[
A root decoction is drunk to cure blood in the urine, including schistosomiasis[
]. A root decoction or maceration is taken to treat bilharzia[
An ethanol extract of the roots showed antibacterial activity in vitro[
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