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  Phyllanthus myrtifolius (Wight) Mull. Arg.
  Family Name : Phyllanthaceae

  Common Names : Ceylon Myrtle, Mousetail Plant

Ceylon Myrtle,Mousetail Plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Sri Lanka
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Popular ornamental shrub that grows up to 3 m tall.
      Foliage: Small, lanceolate to oblong leaves are light green and have alternate leaf arrangement. They are held in the same plane in 2 files along the stem.
      Stems: Thin, flexible stems droop gracefully downwards. Stems are highly branched, producing a dense crown.
      Flowers: Small flowers are pink to red.
      Fruits: Small fruits are round and slightly flattened.
      Etymology :
      Genus Phyllanthus means flowering from edges of leaf-like phyllodes. Species myrtifolius means myrtle-leaved.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Medicinal (This plant contains tannins which have anti-bacterial activity.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      This species can be grown over a wall to form a dense, attractive hedge. It can also be grown along the edge of freshwater bodies.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Landscape Uses :
      Flowerbed / Border, Bonsai
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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