Common name: Seed Under Leaf, Virgate leaf-flower
Botanical name: Phyllanthus virgatus Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Synonyms: Phyllanthus simplex
Seed Under Leaf is a slender, branched, hairless herb, woody in the lower
part, growing to to 60 cm tall. Alternately arranged leaves, about 1-1.5
cm long and 2 mm wide, are elliptic-oblong or nearly linear, stalkless,
blunt at both ends. Flowers are tiny, hanging from slender stalks. Male
flowers on shorter, 2 mm long stalks, with oblong sepals and free stamens.
Female flowers are on longer, 4-7 mm stalks, often together with 1 or 2
male flowers. Styles are free, short, recurved. Capsules are depressed
spheres, about 3 mm wide.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
|Photographed at Nirlon Knowledge Park, Mumbai.|