Mallotus paniculatus (Lam.) Mull. Arg.

Etymology Genus Woolly; referring to the seed capsules of some species in this genus
Species After panicles; arrangement of the inflorescences
Family Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms Croton paniculatus Lam.
Common Names Turn-in-the-Wind, Balek Angin
Status Native: Common
Form Tree
Native Distribution South China to Malesia and northern Australia

Diagnostics:

Mallotus paniculatus can be easily identified from its leaves. They are ovate with pointed tips and white undersides, and long petioles. The leaf margins that are simple to 3-lobed. The base of the leaves has a paired of glands.


Interesting Facts:

The Turn-in-the-Wind tree is a very common tree at secondary forest edges. The paired glands on the leaf is known to secrete sugary fluid which attract ants; a possible mutualistic relationship (with the ant protecting the plant against herbivorus insects in return).


A lone Turn-in-the-Wind tree in Bidadari Cemetery.

Fruits are small, trilobed, and covered with bristles.

Leaves with spiral arrangement.

Leaf upper surface.

Bronze/white underside.

Paired glands.


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Posted Date: 2014-09-14 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11