Mallotus (plant)

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Mallotus philippensis - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-221.jpg
Kamala Tree (M. philippensis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Acalyphoideae
Tribe: Acalypheae
Subtribe: Rottlerinae
Genus: Mallotus

About 140, see text

Mallotus japonicus

Mallotus is a genus of the spurge family Euphorbiaceae. 2 species (M. oppositifolius and M. subulatus) are found in tropical Africa and Madagascar. About 140 species are found in East and Southeast Asia and from Indomalaysia to New Caledonia and Fiji, northern and eastern Australia. Notable members include the Kamala tree (Mallotus philippensis), the hairs of whose seed capsule is the source of a yellow dye (kamala dye) and (formerly) herbal remedy.

Mallotus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Endoclita malabaricus.


This genus is also known as:

Species include[edit]

Taxonomy note[edit]

Coccoceras Miq., precedently thought to be a synonym of Mallotus, has been split to stand alone.