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 name changes are accepted, then this species will become Phyllanthus meghalayensis Chakrab. & N.P.Balakr.[
Glochidion triandrum siamense (Airy Shaw) P.T.Li
Phyllanthus meghalayensis Chakrab. & N.P.Balakr.
Glochidion acuminatum is an evergreen shrub or a tree that can grow up to 6 metres tall. The bole can be up to 15cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
E. Asia - China, northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand.
Scattered to locally common in mainly open, secondary places like pine plantations, forest edges, roadsides, thickets, old clearings, open grassland; also in hill evergreen forest, oak forest, and less in deciduous forest, from 1,100 - 1,750 metres[
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Found in the wild on soils over granite bedrock[
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 young shoots have a sweet flavour[
This report refers to the subspecies Glochidion acuminatum siamense, which differs from the main species in having leaves which are far more velutinous[
The red to reddish-grey wood is hard, with a prominent and pretty, silver grain on radial sections. Unfortunately, the wood splits rather badly, but it is a handsome one and might be useful in turnery[
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