Description: Shrubs or small trees, monoecious.
Leaves alternate, simple, entire, 2-ranked, branchlets appearing pseudopinnate; stipules present.
Flowers pedicellate, axillary or above the axils. Perianth segments 6. Stamens usually 3, erect on a short central column, glands absent. Ovary 5–7-locular, 2 ovules in each loculus; styles basally united.
Capsule multilobed, depressed-globose.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 300 species, mainly tropical Asia to Australia & Polynesia; some Madagascar & America. Australia: 15 species, Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A., chiefly tropical
Glochidion was previously included in Euphorbiaceae.
Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 400-401 (1990), in Euphorbiaceae
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Flowers pedicellate in clusters on a short peduncle arising 5–10 mm above the leaf axil; stipules narrow-triangular, finely pointed||Glochidion sumatranum|
|Flowers pedicellate in leaf axils, but not on a common peduncle; stipules broad-triangular, recurved, not finely pointed||Glochidion ferdinandi|