||Woolly; referring to the seed capsules of some species in this genus
|| After panicles; arrangement of the inflorescences
||Croton paniculatus Lam.
||Turn-in-the-Wind, Balek Angin
||South China to Malesia and northern Australia
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.
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.
Posted Date: 2014-09-14 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11