Char. Gen. Pl. ed. 2, 145, plate 73. 1776
Fla., Asia, Indian Ocean Islands, Pacific Islands, Australia, introduced also in West Indies, Africa, tropical and subtropical regions.
Species 10–30 (1 in the flora).
Breynia exhibits phyllanthoid branching (G. L. Webster 1956–1958), with well-developed leaves and flowers produced only on the deciduous ultimate branchlets and scalelike leaves on all other stems (referred to as main stems in this treatment). Like Glochidion and some Phyllanthus species, Breynia has a pollination mutualism with the moth genus Epicephala (reviewed in A. Kawakita and M. Kato 2009); see the discussion under 7. Glochidion for more information. Breynia is difficult taxonomically, hence the wide range in the number of species recognized within the genus.
Some Breynia species are grown as ornamental shrubs in tropical and subtropical areas; B. disticha is the most common and widespread.
|Author||Geoffrey A. Levin +|
|Authority||J. R. Forster & G. Forster +|
|Common name||Snowbush +|
|Distribution||Fla. +, Asia +, Indian Ocean Islands +, Pacific Islands +, Australia +, introduced also in West Indies +, Africa + and tropical and subtropical regions. +|
|Etymology||For Jacob Breyne, 1637–1697, and his son Johann Philipp Breyne, 1680–1764, Polish botanists +|
|Illustration copyright||Flora of North America Association +|
|Illustrator||Barbara Alongi +|
|Publication title||Char. Gen. Pl. ed. +|
|Publication year||1776 +|
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|Special status||Introduced +|
|Taxon family||Phyllanthaceae +|
|Taxon name||Breynia +|
|Taxon parent||Phyllanthaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 12 +|