Green kamala, woolly kamala
Mallotus mollissimus, Fam. Euphorbiaceae
Large shrub or small tree to 10m. Young shoots and leaves have a velvety cover of stellate hairs. From the Latin ‘mollis’ soft and the suffix meaning most or very, referring to the very soft foliage.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Simple, alternate, entire or toothed, broadly ovate to orbicular, 7-30 x 6-21cm. Base usually peltate. Underside covered in stellate hairs that often obscure the numerous minute, yellow glands. Petioles up to 23cm long.
|Flower description:||Terminal panicles of white or green flowers. Any month of the year.|
|Fruit description:||Three lobed, green brown capsules, densely covered in rubbery ‘hairs’ up to about 1cm long. Any month of the year.|
|Habitat:||Littoral rainforest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New Guinea, Melanesia, Malesia.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the southern cassowary, figbird, pied currawong, slivereye and giant white tailed rat.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia, Malesia.|
|Notes:||A treatment for dysentery has been produced by mixing the sap with coconut milk.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|