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 proposed changes are accepted then the name for this species will be Phyllanthus cordatus (Seem. ex Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.[
Glochidion cordatum is a freely-branched, evergreen shrub or a tree with a spreading crown; it can grow from 3 - 7 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Pacific - Fiji.
Dry forest or on its edges, in ridge forest, in thickets, pastures, and along roadsides; at elevations up to 900 metres[
The plant flowers and produces fruit all year round[
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 leaves and bark are used in the treatment of stomach troubles, 'pains in bones,' and other ailments[
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