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Useful Tropical Plants

Phyllanthus virgatus

G.Forst.

Phyllanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Diasperus beckleri (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Diasperus conterminus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Diasperus depressus Kuntze

Diasperus minutiflorus (F.Muell. ex Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Diasperus miquelianus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Diasperus pedunculatus (Kostel.) Kuntze

Diasperus virgatus (G.Forst.) Kuntze

Macraea gardneriana Wight

Macraea oblongifolia Wight

Macraea ovalifolia Wight

Melanthesa anceps (Vahl) Miq.

Melanthesa rupestris Miq.

Phyllanthus anceps Vahl

Phyllanthus beckleri Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthus conterminus Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthus eboracensis S.Moore

Phyllanthus filicaulis Benth.

Phyllanthus fruticosus B.Heyne ex Benth.

Phyllanthus gardneri Thwaites

Phyllanthus gardnerianus (Wight) Baill.

Phyllanthus gracillimus F.Muell. ex Benth.

Phyllanthus marginatus B.Heyne ex Benth.

Phyllanthus minutiflorus F.Muell. ex Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthus miquelianus Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthus patens Miq. ex Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthus pedunculatus Kostel.

Phyllanthus pratensis Pancher ex Baill.

Phyllanthus simplex Retz.

Phyllanthus trachygyne Benth.

Phyllanthus weinlandii K.Schum.

Common Name:

Phyllanthus virgatus
Flowering and fruiting plant - this is an erect form, it sometimes becomes prostrate
Photograph by: Harry Rose
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Phyllanthus virgatus Phyllanthus virgatus Phyllanthus virgatus

General Information

Phyllanthus virgatus is an erect to prostrate, annual or perennial plant with slender, branched stems that can become more or less woody. It can grow up to 60cm tall, occasionally to 100cm[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea, Australia and the SW Pacific

Habitat

Montane grass-slopes or mixed deciduous forests, savannahs; at elevations from 200 - 1,400 metres in China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. A weed of roadsides, grassy places, arable land and upland rice fields; at elevations up to 750 metres[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is a weed of roadsides, fields, waste places etc. It has been spread through human activity through much of the Pacific[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is antipruritic, antiseptic, ophthalmic[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The leaf juice is used as an eyewash for inflamed eyes[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The leaves are crushed and mixed with buttermilk to make a lotion for children against itching[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The fresh leaves, flowers and fruits, combined with cumin seeds and sugar, are made into an electuary which is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].

Root preparations are applied topically to treat mammary abscesses[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

All parts of the plant are used to treat infantile malnutrition caused by intestinal parasites[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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