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 proposal is accepted then the name of this species will be Phyllanthus sphaerogynus Müll.Arg.[
Diasperus sphaerogynus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Phyllanthus sphaerogynus Müll.Arg.
Glochidion sphaerogynum is an evergreen shrub or a tree that can grow up to 15 metres tall[
]. The bole can be up to 20cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, northern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.
Common to scattered in deciduous (dipterocarp-oak) forest, evergreen forest, secondary forest, old clearings, on steep ridges, and along the road; at elevations from 100 - 1,600 metres[
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 branches and leaves are used as medicine for the treatment of influenza, eczema, etc[
The bark and wood are dried, chopped into pieces, heated, then applied as skin paints over affected spots[
]. They are also dried and crushed and used in decoctions[
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