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Phyllanthus polygonoides (Smartweed leaf-flower)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Phyllanthus polygonoides

Phyllanthus polygonoides Nutt. ex Spreng.

Smartweed Leaf-flower, Knotweed Leafflower

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)


USDA Symbol: PHPO3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

19 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple


USA: AR , AZ , LA , MO , NM , OK , TX


Use Wildlife: Seeds are important dove and quail food.
Attracts: Birds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0343 Collected May 26, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0376 Collected May 12, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0729 Collected Sep 7, 1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

3 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-JHS-2 Collected 2005-06-07 in Llano County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Additional resources

USDA: Find Phyllanthus polygonoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phyllanthus polygonoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phyllanthus polygonoides


Record Modified: 2018-09-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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