Mallotus philippensis

Mallotus philippensis

Mallotus philippensis

(Red Kamala)

FAMILY

Euphorbiaceae

Species

Mallotus philippensis

Common name

Red Kamala

Flower colour; life form

Rusty-brown; shrub

Campus

Cairns,

Located in Townsville area but not on campus

Description

This shrub growing along Half Moon creek has lanceolate to elliptical leaves with numerous red scales or hairs on the lower surface. The capsule is also clothed in rusty coloured glands. This species has traditionally been used in India to treat tapeworm and as a source of die for silk.