Mallotus mollissimus—Green Kamala, Woolly Mallotus, Soft Kamala.—EUPHORBIACEAE

Mallotus mollissimus

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Habitat— Grows in gaps in well developed rainforest or on the margins of rainforest.

Distribution— Occurs in Cape York Peninsular, North East Queensland and southwards to south eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. This species is favoured by disturbance. It is a typical regrowth species in coastal lowland and upland rain forest. Also occurs in Asia, Malaysia and the Pacific islands.

Description— Shrub woody or herbaceous, 1 to 6 m tall.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Simple, entire, alternate, 3–veined from the base, basal glands present and with stellate hairs. Leaf blades about 13 to 28 by 9 to 23 cm. Young shoots and younger leaf bearing twigs densely clothed in short pale brown stellate hairs. Freshly broken twigs producing a small amount of dark coloured exudate, mainly from the pith. Stellate hairs and small yellowish glands visible with a lens on the underside of the leaf blade. Small oil dots visible with a lens.

Mallotus mollissimus
Mallotus mollissimus

Inflorescence.— Floral bracts shorter than the flowers at anthesis. Flowers about 3 to 5 mm diam. Outer surface of the tepals densely clothed in stellate hairs. Ovary densely stellate hairy and echinate, the trichomes also stellate hairy and difficult to distinguish.

Flowering.— Summer

Fruit.—Capsules echinate and densely stellate hairy. The trichomes are also densely stellate hairy, so that the fruit itself is completely obscured. Seeds ± globular or lachrimiform, about 3 mm diam, black.

Ripe.—Autumn to Spring

Mallotus mollissimus