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


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.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2014-09-14 / Modified: 2017-12-25