Phyllanthus inflatus Hutch.

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Status: Native
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Derivation of specific name: inflatus: inflated, like a bladder, referring to the fruit.
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Worldwide distribution: South Sudan south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 416. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 42.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 46.

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Flora of Malawi: Phyllanthus inflatus
Flora of Mozambique: Phyllanthus inflatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Phyllanthus inflatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phyllanthus inflatus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phyllanthus inflatus
African Plant Database: Phyllanthus inflatus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Phyllanthus inflatus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Phyllanthus inflatus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Phyllanthus inflatus
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iNaturalist: Phyllanthus inflatus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phyllanthus inflatus
JSTOR Plant Science: Phyllanthus inflatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Phyllanthus inflatus
Plants of the World Online: Phyllanthus inflatus
Tropicos: Phyllanthus inflatus
Wikipedia: Phyllanthus inflatus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Phyllanthus inflatus., retrieved 27 February 2024

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