This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by
Matthew H.P. Jebb and Camilla Rose Huxley in 2016. It is found on
five islands in the Vanuatu archipelago;
Erromango island, Efate island, Maewo island, Pentecost island and
Espiritu Santo Island, growing on the stems of the trees with
plenty water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 40
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 80 centimetres in
flowers are white.
differs from the other species in the genus by the presence of dense
triangular papery bracts around inflorescences with minute flowers.
The name refers to the
archipelago on which it is found.