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 obscurus Roxb. ex Willd.[
Bradleia glaucophylla Hassk.
Bradleia kipareh Steud.
Bradleia pinnata Roxb.
Diasperus dasyanthus (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze
Diasperus kipareh (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus obscurus (Roxb. ex Willd.) Kuntze
Glochidion blumeanum Müll.Arg.
Glochidion dasyanthum Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.
Glochidion glaucum Blume
Glochidion pinnatum (Roxb.) Voigt
Glochidion roxburghianum Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus dasyanthus (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus kipareh Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus obscurus Roxb. ex Willd.
Glochidion obscurum is an evergreen shrub or a tree that can grow up to 5 metres tall. The bole can be 15cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Scattered in the more open, secondary forest, mainly open thickets (up to light forest), usually along streams, along paths, at elevations up to 1,500 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[
A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of stomach ache[
The wood is used as timber[
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