Mallotus philippensis— Red Kamala, Orange Kamala—EUPHORBIACEAE.

Mallotus philippensis

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Habitat— Grows on margins and within warmer rainforest;

Distribution—Chiefly north from the Hunter River in New South Wales, also found at Mount Keira and into Queensland.

Description—Tree to 20 m high, ± stellate—pubescent.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Dixon Property, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, three—veined from the base, with 2 basil glands, undersurface with red surface glands, lamina ovate to oblong, mostly 4 to 12 cm long, 2 to 7 cm wide, margins entire, upper surface glabrous, green, often with 2 glands near base; lower surface greyish hairy and with red surface glands, appearing granular on older and dried leaves; 3—veined from base with lateral veins extending more than midway up lamina; petiole mostly 2 to 5 cm long.

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Inflorescence— Terminal or axillary racemes, 2 to 10 cm long.

Flowering.—April to October.

Fruit—Capsule 6 to 9 mm diam., covered with dark red, granular glands, seeds black.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer

Mallotus philippensis