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9. Phyllanthus acidus (L.) Skeels in US Dept. Agric. Bar. Pl. Ind. Bull. 148: 17. 1909. Webster in J. Mn. Arb. 38(1): 66. 1957; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 455. 1972.

A. RADCLIFFE-SMITH

  • Averrhoa acida L.
  • Cicca acida (L.) Marr.
  • Cicca acidissima Blanco
  • Cicca disticha L.
  • Phyllanthus acidissimus (Blanco) Muell. Arg.
  • Phyllanthus cicca Muell. Arg.
  • Phyllanthus distichus (L.) Wien. Arg.

    Similar to Phyllanthus reticulates, but with much longer leafy intermediate shoots (up to 60 cm long), larger leaves (up to 9 x 4.5 cm), sepals and disc-glands usually 4 in both sexes, stamens 4, free, staminodes usually present in the ♀ flowers, ovary 3-4-celled, only 1 or 2 of which usually develop in fruit, fruit 1-1.5 x 1.5-2 cm., greenish-yellow to whitish.

    Holotype: ‘India’, specimen no. 592/3 in Hb. Linn. (LINN).

    Distribution: Country of origin unknown; Webster says ‘probably native to S. America’. The ‘Otaheite Gooseberry’ or ‘Indian Gooseberry’, widely cultivated for its edible fruits. Near sea-level.


     

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