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 this species will become Phyllanthus mariannensis W.L. Wagner & Lorence[
Phyllanthus gaudichaudii marianus (Müll. Arg.) Müll. Arg.
Phyllanthus mariannensis W.L.Wagner & Lorence
Glochidion marianum is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 12 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. The plant is commonly protected when clearing for new gardens; and is occasionally grown in home gardens in the Pacific[
Western Pacific - Marianas.
Limestone and basaltic soils in old fields and grasslands and disturbed native and secondary vegetation at elevations around 60 - 150 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 leaves and bark are used medicinally[
The wood is fine-grained, very strong and durable[
]. It is used locally for light construction, making cart-shafts, tool handles etc[
The wood is used for fuel[
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