Mallotus paniculatus (Lamk) Müll. Arg.

Mallotus paniculatus (Lamk) Müll. Arg.




Croton paniculatus Lamk, Mallotus cochinchinensis Lour.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Balek angin (Peninsular), mallotus balabakan (Sabah).
English Turn-in-the-wind.
Indonesia Calik angin (Sundanese), tutup awu, tutup kancil (Javanese).
Philippines Anaplan (Bukidnon).
Laos ‘khi2 thao1, lat koua, luat ma2.
Thailand Saet (Peninsular), sate-ton (North-eastern), soi daao (South-eastern).
Vietnam b[uj]c b[aj]c, ba b[es]t nam b[ooj], bai b[as]i.

Geographical Distributions

Mallotus paniculatus is distributed throughout India, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, M. paniculatus is also occurs throughout Malesia except the Lesser Sunda Islands, and north-eastern Australia.


M. paniculatus is a shrub or small to medium-sized that can reach tree up to measure 20 m tall.

The leaves are arranged spirally, rhombic or ovate in shape, often tricuspidate or 3-lobed, whitish-felted below and usually they are not peltate.

The fruit is slightly spherical in shape, whitish-felted and with scattered processes.


Ecology / Cultivation

M. paniculatus is a common in evergreen forest and in scrub vegetation, its can occurs up to 1500m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph



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