Taxon: Phyllanthus amarus Schumach.

 
Genus: Phyllanthus
Family: Phyllanthaceae
  Subfamily: Phyllanthoideae
      Tribe: Phyllantheae
Nomen number: 401814
Place of publication: Beskr. Guin. pl. 421. 1827
Comment: authorship verified from original literature, where the name and diagnosis together are ascribed to Schumacher (Melbourne ICN Art. 46, Ex. 9, 12, & 22), although the description is ascribed to Thonning
Name Verified on: 25-Aug-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-May-2013
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • carry-me-seed  (Source: Zander Ency) - English
  • bittere Blattblüte  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • arrebenta-pedra  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • fura-pedra  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • quebra-pedra  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(1):387. 1999; Herbs Commerce ed2; F ChinaEng)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Northern America

    • : Mexico
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • Central America: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Paraguay; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Naturalized:

    . natzd. in paleotropics

References:

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  • Airy Shaw, H. K. 1975. The Euphorbiaceae of Borneo Kew Bull. add. ser., 4:182.
  • Airy Shaw, H. K. 1980. The Euphorbiaceae of New Guinea Kew Bull. add. ser., 8:182-183.
  • Airy Shaw, H. K. 1981. The Euphorbiaceae of Sumatra Kew Bull. 36:336-337.
  • Airy Shaw, H. K. 1982. The Euphorbiaceae of Central Malesia (Celebes, Moluccas, Lesser Sunda Is.) Kew Bull. 37:31.
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  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Fosberg, F. R. et al. Geographical checklist of the Micronesian Dicotyledonae/ Pteridophyta and Gymnospermae. 1979-1982 (L Micrones)
  • George, A. S., ed. Flora of Australia. 1980- (F Aust) 50:264.
  • Govaerts, R. et al. World checklist and bibliography of Euphorbiaceae. 2000 (L Euphorb)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hara, H. et al. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal. 1978-1982 (L Nepal)
  • Hedberg, I. & S. Edwards Flora of Ethiopia. 1989- (and Eritrea. 2000) (F Ethiop)
  • Holm, L. et al. A geographical atlas of world weeds. 1979 (Atlas WWeed)
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  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
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  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 1995- (F VenGuay)
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  • Webster, G. L. 1957. A monographic study of the West Indian species of Phyllanthus J. Arnold Arbor. 38:313.
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)
  • Wood, J. R. I. A handbook of the Yemen flora. 1997 (F Yemen)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). 1994- (F ChinaEng)

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