Croton paniculatus Lam.
Echinus trisulcus Lour.
Lasipania tricuspis Raf.
Mallotus albus (Roxb. ex Jack) MÃ¼ll.Arg.
Mallotus cochinchinensis Lour.
Mappa cochinchinensis Spreng.
Rottlera alba Roxb.
Rottlera paniculata (Lam.) Blume
Trewia tricuspidata Willd.
Tree growing in southern Japan
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Mallotus paniculatus is a fast-growing shrub or small tree growing up to 15 metres tall. The bole can be unbranched for up to 4 metres and around 24cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use, fibre and timber[
E. Asia - China, India, through southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Deciduous and evergreen forest, mostly in open, often very disturbed or burned places; ravines and dry sites like plateaus, ridges and slopes, in thickets, and along rivers and roadsides; on a large variety of soils from sea level to 1,800 metres[
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A plant mainly of mainly lowland areas in the tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,800 metres.
Found in the wild on a wide range of soils, including basalt, clay, granite, laterite, limestone, loam, rocky, sandy, ultrabasic, and volcanic[
The plant flowers and fruits all year round[
The plant is usually dioecious, though monoecious forms occur[
]. Usually, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The roots are boiled and drunk after child birth[
The leaves are used against fever[
]. The indumentum of the young leaves is applied on the penis after circumcision[
The bark is rich in tannins[
The bark is a source of fibre[
]. It is used for construction, making strings, and to make a coarse cloth from which menâ€™s jackets were made[
The wood is very light[
]. It is used for making matches, packing cases, paper pulp, wallboard, light construction[
The wood is used for fuel[
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