Sauropus albiflorus—Showy Sauropus—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Sauropus albiflorus

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Habitat— In or near Dry and Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Ipswich and Beenleigh area in Queensland.

Description— Small shrub from 0.5 to 1 m high.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, less than 3 cm long. Branchlets rounded or slightly angular, rigid, much branched. Stipules 0.5 to 1 mm long, brown. Leaves obovate–oblong to narrow–cuneate, 0.5 to 2 cm long, apex obtuse and sometimes mucronate, base tapered, hairless, lower surface ± glaucous, midrib prominent; petiole about 1 mm long.

Sauropus albiflorus
Sauropus albiflorus

Inflorescence.— Relatively large, whitish or sometimes pink, petals 6.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.— A globose capsule, 7 to 8 mm diam; hairless, with persistent perianth at base.

Ripe.— Late Summer to Autumn

Sauropus albiflorus