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 proposals are accepted, then the name of this species will be Phyllanthus daltonii Müll.Arg.[
Diasperus daltonii (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus gamblei (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Glochidion gamblei Hook.f.
Phyllanthus daltonii Müll.Arg.
Glochidion daltonii is a shrub or a tree that can grow from 3 - 10 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of tannins.
E. Asia - southern China, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia.
Locally common, in disturbed lower montane forest, old clearings in evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, dry dipterocarp forest, open Quercus-dipterocarp forest, growing along streams; at elevations from 200 - 2,000 metres[
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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 bark, leaves, and fruits contain copious tannins[
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