Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Chamber-bitter - Emblica urinaria   (Linnaeus) R.W. Bouman.
Members of Phyllanthaceae:
Only member of Emblica in NC.
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Section 6 » Family Phyllanthaceae
Author(Linnaeus) R.W. Bouman.
DistributionMostly on the outer Coastal Plain, but scattered west to Jackson County in the Mountains. It is expected to occur in many more counties.

Native of Asia; in N.A. VA to KS and south to FL and TX.
AbundanceApparently rare or uncommon, but locally can be very numerous. It is very likely that this species is overlooked, or ignored, as it expands it renge in NC.
HabitatRoadsides, campus weed, vacant lots, lawn weed, garden weed, disturbed ground, dumps.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-November.
IdentificationYoung plants may be numerous and are short and few-branched, with leaves in a single plane. Because of being in a single plane, a set of leaves on a branch looks like a single pinnately-compound leaf. As plants mature, they produce taller stems and branches. Flowers are very small, solitary or a few together, on extremely short stalks, from the undersides of leaf axils.
Taxonomic CommentsMoved out of Phyllanthus into this genus, native to the warmer parts of Asia and Australia.

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B.A. SorrieWhispering Pines, roadsides and lawns, Sept 2014. MoorePhoto_non_natural

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