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, the new name for this species will be Phyllanthus seemannii (Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.
Diasperus seemannii (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus venulosus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Glochidion venulosum (Müll.Arg.) P.T.Li
Phyllanthus seemannii (Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus venulosus Müll.Arg.
Glochidion seemannii is an often compact and slender, sometimes freely branched, evergreen shrub or a tree usually growing from 2 - 15 metres tall, with occasional specimens up to 20 metres.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Pacific - Fiji.
Dense forest; dry forest; more open, secondary formations; open rolling areas; open hillsides; at elevations from sea level to 1,150 metres[
The plant can flower and produce 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 stem is used as part of a remedy to treat weakness after childbirth[
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