Sikkim Leaf-Flower
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Sikkim Leaf-Flower
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Sikkim Leaf-Flower
Botanical name: Phyllanthus sikkimensis    Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Synonyms: Phyllanthus secundiflora, Phyllanthus perlisensis, Reidia hamiltoniana

Sikkim Leaf-Flower is a shrub up to 1 m, with branches round, peberulous. Leaves are ovate ellipitic, 2-4.5 x 1-3 cm, pointed, base rounded, pale and nearly hairless beneat, on short leaf-stalk 1-2 mm, stipules subulate. Flowers are small, pink, carried on long stalks, fascicled in clusters. Male flowers are carried on flower-stalks 1.5-2.5 cm, springing from minute clusters of bracts. Sepals are rounded, deeply toothed; disk dilated, deeply 4-lobed ; staminal column very short. Female flowers are carries on longer, very slender stalks, longer than the leaves, curved. Flowers are clustered towards branch-ends, and in leaf axils. Sepals are 5-6, toothed. Styles are 4, subulate, erect. Fruit is fleshy 3-seeded, bearing stylar remains brone on oedicel thickened at tip. Sikkim Leaf-Flower is found in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, Thailand, N. Malay Peninsula, at altitudes of 200-1300 m.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Garbhanga reserve forest, Assam.

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