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Breynia disticha
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Tribe: Phyllantheae
Subtribe: Flueggeinae
Genus: Breynia
J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. 1776

Breynia is a plant genus in the family Phyllanthaceae, first described as a genus in 1776. It is native to Southeast Asia, China, the Indian Subcontinent, Papuasia, Australia, and the island of Réunion.[1]

The name Breynia is a conserved name, in other words, it is recognized despite the existence of an earlier use of the same name to refer to a different plant. Breynia L. 1753 is in the Capparaceae, but it is a rejected name. We here discuss Breynia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. 1776.[2]

  1. Breynia baudouinii Beille - Vietnam
  2. Breynia calcarea (M.R.Hend.) Welzen & Pruesapan - W Malaysia
  3. Breynia carnosa Welzen & Pruesapan - Vietnam
  4. Breynia cernua (Poir.) Müll.Arg. - Northern Territory of Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sulawesi, Philippines, Borneo, Java
  5. Breynia collaris Airy Shaw - Papua New Guinea
  6. Breynia coriacea Beille - Vietnam
  7. Breynia coronata Hook.f. - Thailand, W Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra
  8. Breynia discigera Müll.Arg. - Thailand, W Malaysia, Sumatra
  9. Breynia disticha J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. - Vanuatu, New Caledonia; naturalized in West Indies, Gambia, and scattered oceanic islands
  10. Breynia diversifolia Beille - Vietnam
  11. Breynia fleuryi Beille - Vietnam
  12. Breynia fruticosa (L.) Müll.Arg. - Vietnam, Thailand, S China
  13. Breynia glauca Craib - Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Borneo
  14. Breynia grandiflora Beille - Vietnam
  15. Breynia heyneana J.J.Sm. - Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia
  16. Breynia indosinensis Beille - Vietnam, Laos
  17. Breynia lithophila Welzen & Pruesapan - Thailand
  18. Breynia massiei Beille - Laos
  19. Breynia microphylla (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Müll.Arg. - Sumatera, Java, Sulawesi
  20. Breynia mollis J.J.Sm. - New Guinea
  21. Breynia oblongifolia (Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg. - Papua New Guinea, Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory
  22. Breynia obscura Welzen & Pruesapan - W Malaysia
  23. Breynia platycalyx Airy Shaw - W New Guinea
  24. Breynia podocarpa Airy Shaw - Papua New Guinea, Northern Territory
  25. Breynia pubescens Merr. - Maluku
  26. Breynia racemosa (Blume) Müll.Arg. - Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Thailand, Myanmar, W Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Philippines, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago
  27. Breynia repens Welzen & Pruesapan - Thailand
  28. Breynia retusa (Dennst.) Alston - Réunion, India, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, E Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, W Malaysia
  29. Breynia rhynchocarpa Benth. - Northern Territory of Australia
  30. Breynia rostrata Merr. - Vietnam, S China
  31. Breynia septata Beille - Vietnam
  32. Breynia stipitata Müll.Arg. - Northern Territory, Queensland
  33. Breynia subangustifolia Thin - Vietnam
  34. Breynia subindochinensis Thin - Vietnam
  35. Breynia tonkinensis Beille - Vietnam
  36. Breynia vestita Warb. - New Guinea, Kai Island in Maluku Province of Indonesia
  37. Breynia virgata (Blume) Müll.Arg. - Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands
  38. Breynia vitis-idaea (Burm.f.) C.E.C.Fisch. - China, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Indochina, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, W Malaysia, Sumatra, Philippines
Formerly included

Breynia subterblanca (C.E.C.Fisch.) C.E.C.Fisch, synonym of Sauropus subterblancus (C.E.C.Fisch.) Welzen[3]


  1. ^ a b c "World Checklist of Selected Plant Species". 
  2. ^ Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Breynia subterblanca