Mallotus cardiophyllus Merr.
Rottlera hoperiana Blume ex Müll.Arg.
Rottlera indica Willd.
Rottlera operiana Blume ex Baill.
Trewia integerrima Stokes
Trewia macrophylla Roth
Trewia macrostachya Klotzsch
Trewia nudiflora L.
Mallotus nudiflorus is a deciduous tree growing up to 30 metres tall. The straight bole can be 50 - 80cm in diameter, it is often short, but on good sites can be long, it is often much buttressed at the base[
E. Asia - China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Deciduous to evergreen forest, usually disturbed and (partly) open sites, usually near streams and rivers, often on alluvial, but also on dry ground; bedrock varying (granite to limestone to shale to quartzite), at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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A plant of the moist to wet tropics, where it is found at elevations up to metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 25 - 37°c, but can tolerate 12 - 42°c[
]. When dormant, the plant can survive temperatures down to about -5°c, but young growth can be severely damaged at 0°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 2,000 - 4,000mm, but tolerates 1,000 - 5,100mm[
Prefers a position in full sun, tolerating light shade[
]. Succeeds in a fertile, moist to wet soil, preferring sandy to loamy soils but tolerating clayey soils[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 - 6.5, tolerating 4.5 - 7[
Yearly volume production potential of the wood is about 15 - 30 cubic metres per hectare[
The plant is used to remove swellings, bile and phlegm[
A decoction of the root is used to relieve flatulence[
Applied externally, the root decoction is used to relieve gout and rheumatic afflictions[
The white wood is soft, not durable[
]. The wood is a good one for purposes for which a soft wood is required but, like most of the soft white woods, it has to be cut up when green and seasoned in dry air if it is to retain its white colour and not get discoloured of a muddy grey. It is used for drums and for agricultural implements[
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