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 correct name for this species will be Phyllanthus glomerulatus (Miq.) Müll.Arg.[
Agyneia glomerulata Miq.
Bridelia heterantha Benth.
Diasperus glomerulatus (Miq.) Kuntze
Diasperus heteranthus Kuntze
Diasperus nanogynus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Glochidion nanogynum (Müll.Arg.) Hook.f.
Glochidion palustre Koord.
Phyllanthus glomerulatus (Miq.) Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus nanogynus Müll.Arg.
Glochidion glomerulatum is an evergreen shrub or a tree with drooping branches; it can grow up to 8 metres tall. The bole is around 6cm in diameter[
]. Another report describes the plant as a tree that can grow up to 27 metres tall, with a bole 23cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use when dyeing rattan canes black.
E. Asia - India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Evergreen forest, disturbed dry dipterocarp forest, edge of peat swamp forest, in scrub jungle, along streams; at elevations from sea level to 1,000 metres[
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Found in the wild on sandy to clay soils[
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 are used as an ingredient to dye rattan black[
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