Mallotus philippensis (Lamk) Mülll. Arg.

Mallotus philippensis (Lamk) Mülll. Arg. 




Croton philippense Lamk.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Rambai kuching (general), kasirau, minyak madja (Peninsular).
Indonesia Galuga furn (Ternate), kapasan (Javanese), ki meyong (Sundanese).
Papua New Guinea Tore (Vanapa Bridge, Central Province).
Philippines Banato (Tagalog), pangaplasin (Ilokano), tagusala (Bisaya).
Burma (Myanmar) Hpawng-awn.
Cambodia 'ân-nadaa.
Laos Kh'aay paax, khiiz moon, tangx thôôm.
Thailand Kai khat hin, khee nuea (north-eastern), kham saet(central).
Vietnam R[uf]m nao, c[as]nh ki[ees]n, m[oj]t.

Geographical Distributions

Its distribution is from India and Sri Lanka to Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands, Thailand, throughout the Malaysian region, northern Australia and Malaysian.


M. philippensis is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach up to 25 m tall. Leaves are arranged spirally, elliptical to lance-shaped-ovate or obovate, with red glandular granules below but not peltate. The fruit is nearly spherical, with a dense layer of red granules.

Ecology / Cultivation

M. philippensis occurs in many different habitats, in primary and secondary forest, edges of mangroves and scrub vegetation in grassland, up to 1600 m altitude. (1)

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  1. View Abstract: R.H.M.J. Lemmens and N. Bunyapraphatsara (Editors). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. 2003.