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 velutinus (Wight) Müll.Arg.
Bradleia ovata Wall.
Diasperus asperus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus heyneanus (Wight) Kuntze
Diasperus nepalensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus velutinus (Wight) Kuntze
Eriococcus glaucescens Zoll.
Glochidion asperum (Müll.Arg.) Bedd.
Glochidion heyneanum (Wight & Arn.) Wight.
Glochidion nepalense (Müll.Arg.) Kurz
Gynoon heyneanum Wight & Arn.
Phyllanthus asperus Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus heyneanus (Wight) Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus nepalensis Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus velutinus (Wight) Müll.Arg.
Glochidion velutinum is an evergreen shrub or a tree that can grow 6 - 10 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of tannins and wood.
E. Asia - China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Open deciduous forests at elevations up to 2,500 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 bark is a source of tannins[
The wood is red, darkening to dark red when seasoned. It is hard with a nice silver grain. The wood is not used other than for fuel[
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