Mallotus polyadenos (Euphorbiaceae)

Mallotus polyadenos (Kamala)

This shrub to small tree of rainforest is commonly known as the Kamala, or the Green Kamala (Kamala is an an Indian name for Lotus). This species does not have the typical gestalt of a Mallotus (relative to the much more familiar Mallotus paniculatus) but I suppose it has been classified as one on the basis of the floral structure. Interestingly, this plant has been found to have anti-HIV properties (see link).

Very distinctively, the leaves, particularly on the underside, has numerous yellow glands easily visible with a hand lens, which give the leaf underside a overall dirty yellowish look. This character occurs also in Macaranga inamoena but M. inamoena appears to be hairy. The fruits are distinctively pendulous. More on the Kamala when I get some good leaf shots.

Mallotus polyadenos (Kamala)


Van Welzen PC, Kulju KKM, Sierra SEC, Slik JWF. 2010. Key to the Malesian species of Mallotus (Euphorbiaceae). Blumea 55, 285-290. (link to pdf)


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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