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Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll. Arg.

Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll. Arg.

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Synonyms

M. anamiticus O. Kuntze.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Mallotus marambokan (Sabah), maya-maya, pasu-pasu (Peninsular).
English Blue blade.
Indonesia Nakau (Palembang), tapen (Java).
Philippines Tula-tula (Filipino).
Burma (Myanmar) taung-kado.
Thailand Lo khon, pik (Peninsular), prik (Peninsular, South-western).
Vietnam b[aj]ch dan, ba b[es]t hoa nhi[eef]u.

Geographical Distributions

Mallotus floribundus is occurs throughout Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, Thailand, M. floribundus is also distributed throughout Malesia and the Solomon Islands.

Description

M. floribundus is a shrub or small tree that can reach up to measure about 18(-25) m tall. It is mostly with straight bole which is up to measure 30 cm in diametre.

The leaves are arranged spirally (the upper ones is sometimes opposite), broadly ovate to orbicular  in shape, often glaucous below with conspicuous tufts of fulvous hairs in the basal vein-axils, peltate, with long petiole and slender.

The fruit is with sparsely and soft bristles.

 

Ecology / Cultivation

M. floribundus is locally common in primary and secondary forest, mainly in open locations, or scrub vegetation, especially along streams, M. floribundus is also occurs up to 500(-1000) m altitude.

 

Line Drawing / Photograph

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References

    1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12 (3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.