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2. Phyllanthus glaucus Wallich ex Müller Argoviensis, Linnaea. 32: 14. 1863.

青灰叶下珠 qing hui ye xia zhu

Phyllanthus flueggeiformis Müller Argoviensis.

Shrubs up to 4 m tall, monoecious, glabrous throughout; branches terete; branchlets delicate. Stipules ovate-lanceolate, membranous; petiole 2-4 mm; leaf blade elliptic or oblong, 2.5-5 × 1.5-2.5 cm, membranous, slightly glaucous abaxially, base obtuse to rounded, apex acute, apiculate; lateral veins 8-10 pairs. Inflorescence an axillary fascicle, usually with several male and 1 female flowers; pedicels filamentous, slightly stout at apex, calyx ca. 3 mm wide. Male flowers: pedicels ca. 8 mm; sepals 6, ovate; disk glands 6; stamens 5; filaments free; anthers longitudinally dehiscent. Female flowers: pedicels ca. 9 mm; sepals 6, ovate, persistent in fruit; disk cupular; ovary ovoid, 3-celled; styles 3, connate at base. Fruit a berry, globose to oblate, ca. 1 cm in diam., black-purple. Seeds tawny. Fl. Apr-Jul, fr. Jul-Oct.

Scrub, open forests; 200-1000 m. Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Bhutan, India, Nepal].

The roots are used medicinally for infantile malnutrition due to intestinal parasites.


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