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  Phyllanthus angustifolius (Sw.) Sw.
  Family Name : Phyllanthaceae

  Synonyms : Phyllanthus elongatus, Phyllanthus cognatus

  Common Names : Swordbush, Duppy Bush, Foliage Flower

Swordbush,Duppy Bush,Foliage Flower
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Woody)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: An evergreen, perennial, medium-sized shrub with flattened, leaf-like stems. It can reach a height of up to 2 m and a spread of 1 m. 
      Crown: It has a rounded growth habit. 
      Foliage: The leaf-like structures are actually flattened stems. The real foliage are absent except on seedlings.
      Stems: Stems are dark green, flattened and leaf-like. 
      Flowers: White to pale pinkish flowers are arranged in small clusters along both edges of flattened stems.
      Etymology :
      The genus Phyllanthus means leaf-flower, which means flower occurs at the edges of leaf-like phyllodes.
      The specific epithet angustifolius means narrow-leaved. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It can be pruned regularly to maintain as small shrub, suitable as potted plant. 
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Stems, Fragrant (Flowers)
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Small Gardens, Coastal, Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting (Semi-Hardwood)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Modification :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Flowering Period :

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