Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Sauropus albiflorus (Mull.Arg.) Airy Shaw
Airy Shaw, H.K. (1980) Kew Bulletin 35: 671. Type: ?.
Sauropus albiflorus (Mull.Arg.) Airy Shaw subsp. albiflorus, Kew Bulletin 35: 672(1980), Type: ?. Phyllanthus albiflorus Mull.Arg., Linnaea 34: 70(1865), Type: In Novae Hollandia orientali ad Edgecombe-Bay (Ferd. Muell.! in hb. DC). ad Moreton-Bay (Ferd. Muell.! in hb. DC.),..
Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall but also flowers when smaller.
Leaf blades about 0.4-2.4 x 0.2-0.9 cm, petioles about 0.1 cm long. Stipules triangular, sometimes recurved, about 0.5-1 mm long. Lower surface of the leaf blade much paler than the upper surface.
Pedicels of the female flowers (about 15-22 mm) much longer than those of the male flowers (about 10 mm). In the male flowers the stamens are surrounded by six glands which alternate with the tepals. Tepals 1.5 mm long, fused for a short distance. In the female flowers the ovary is surrounded by a 6-lobed disk with the lobes alternating with the tepals. Tepals 2 mm long. Stigmas three, each stigma 2-lobed or 3-armed.
Fruits with a persistent perianth at the base and persistent stigma at the apex. Embryo about 2 mm long, cotyledons orbicular about 1 mm diam.
Cotyledons about 5-6 x 4 mm. First pair of leaves stipulate, stipules broadly triangular. At the tenth leaf stage: stem clothed in very short, fleshy multi-headed hairs arranged in parallel lines. Stipules triangular, about 1 mm long. Leaf blade underside much paler than the upper surface.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in CYP and NEQ from near sea level to 660 m. Usually grows as a rheophyte on streams flowing through rain forest or monsoon forest.
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)