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. No revised form of this name has been seen as yet[
Bradleia philippensis Willd.
Bradleia philippica Cav.
Coccoglochidion erythrococcus K.Schum.
Diasperus compressicaulis (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze
Diasperus kurzianus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus philippinensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus quercinus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Glochidion compressicaule Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.
Glochidion ferdinandii mollis (Benth.) F.M.Bailey
Glochidion formosanum Hayata
Glochidion philippinense Benth.
Glochidion quercinum (Müll.Arg.) Boerl.
Glochidion sieboldianum (Miq.) Koidz.
Phyllanthus compressicaulis (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus ferdinandii mollis Benth.
Phyllanthus kurzianus Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus philippinensis Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus quercinus Müll.Arg.
Glochidion philippicum is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 20 metres tall in New Guinea, but usually smaller. The straight, cylindrical bole can be unbranched for more than half its height and around 25cm in diameter[
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[
E. Asia - China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea, northern Australia, Solomon Islands.
Evergreen broad-leaved forests; at elevations from 100 - 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[
The leaves and bark are used medicinally[
A red dye is made from the bark[
The wood is durable. A useful, general-purpose timber, it is used in light construction and for making tools[
The wood is used for fuel[
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