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. If the changes are accepted, then the name of this species will become Phyllanthus comitus (J.Florence) W.L.Wagner & Lorence
Phyllanthus comitus (J.Florence) W.L.Wagner & Lorence
Glochidion comitum is a shrub or a tree.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
The timber was heavily exploited in the past for making into joists in construction. There has also been considerable habitat loss and degradation with the spread of exotic plants. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
South Pacific - Pitcairn Islands.
Disturbed scrub and open forest[
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This species is noteworthy for its pollination mechanism, which involves a symbiotic relationship with moths of the genus Epicephala. This closely parallels that found in Yucca species[
The woodis used for making into joists in construction[
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