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Breynia disticha 'Roseo-picta'


Breynia disticha 'Roseo-picta'

Family Name: Phyllanthaceae
Synonyms: Breynia nivosa 'Roseo-picta'
Common Name: Red-Leaf Breynia, Leaf Flower


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Compact
Maximum Height 0.3 m to 1.2 m


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A shrub with variegated leaves of pink, white and green; can grow to about 2 m tall.  
Foliage Lamina entire, simple, ovate, short petiole, small stipule, attractive with three colours: pink, white and green.
Flowers Axillary, male flower is greenish yellow, female is white with green markings.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Caterpillar Food Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Pink, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Pink
Young Flush Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Modification Stipule
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Woody
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Green
Flower Grouping Solitary
Flower Location Axillary

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Fleshy Fruit

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Master ID 435
Species ID 1731
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Species record last updated on: 15 February 2022.