This species may be transferred to the genus Phyllanthus. A paper by Warren L. Wagner and David H. Lorence ‘A nomenclator of Pacific oceanic island Phyllanthus (Phyllanthaceae), including Glochidion’ PhytoKeys 4:67-94 (2011)[
], has proposed submerging the genera Breynia, Glochidion, Reverchonia, Phyllanthodendron, and Sauropus into a broadened concept of the genus Phyllanthus. This proposal has not yet (2014) been fully accepted, although the ‘World Checklist of Selected Plant Families’ has accepted the name changes of the Pacific Island species of Glochidion, as detailed in the paper. No revised form of this name has been seen as yet
Agave roseopictus Van Geert
Breynia axillaris Spreng.
Breynia nivosa (W.Bull) Small
Melanthesa neocaledonica Baill.
Phyllanthus atropurpureus Van Geert
Phyllanthus nivosus W.Bull
Phyllanthus sandwicensis hypoglaucus H.Lév.
Breynia disticha is an evergreen shrub growing up to 3 metres tall[
The plant, especially in its variegated form, is grown extensively as a hedge plant in the Tropics[
Pacific - New Caledonia, Vanuatu.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental
Grows best in partial shade, though full sun brings out the colours of the variegated forms[
]. Prefers a moist, fertile soil[
The plant can sucker profusely. It has escaped from cultivation and become naturalized by spreading vegetatively via root suckers where formerly planted around abandoned homesites in Hawaii[
The plant can flower all year round, though the flowers are inconspicuous[
The plant, especially the variegated form, is grown extensively as a hedge in the Tropics[
]. It is easily kept in a good compact condition by clipping, and the light pinkish foliage offers a pleasing contrast with darker-leaved shrubs[
]. The main drawback is that the plant can sucker profusely, so it should be placed accordingly[
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