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Genus Glochidion Family Phyllanthaceae

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 
1Flowers pedicellate in clusters on a short peduncle arising 5–10 mm above the leaf axil; stipules narrow-triangular, finely pointedGlochidion sumatranum
Flowers pedicellate in leaf axils, but not on a common peduncle; stipules broad-triangular, recurved, not finely pointedGlochidion ferdinandi

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