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Kamila.

Mallotus philippensis (Lam.) Mull. -Arg.
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Euphorbiaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A small tree up to 6m tall, found in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Leaves simple, ovate to ovate-lanceolate. Tip acute-sub acuminate, rounded at base, upper surface dark green. Male inflorescence terminal, spicate or racemose, clustered, appear before leaves. Male flower brown-yellow, subsessile with ovate-lanceolate calyx lobes. Female flowers sessile with triangular-ovate calyx lobes. Fruit 3-lobed, subglobose, brick red, with powdery covering. Seed subglobose, smooth, black.
Flowering and Fruiting:
October-February.
Harvesting Time:
November-March.
Medicinal Value:
Locally powder of its fruit is used as quick wound healer, also as purgative and vermifuge.
Part Used:
Red powder on fruit.
Occurrence:
Common.
Future Perspective:
Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy.
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