Mallotus claoxyloides

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Mallotus claoxyloidesFamily: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Mallotus
Common names: Green kamala, Smell-of-the-bush
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A clump of these small trees is growing at the lower end of the erosion gully on the eastern side of the Reserve. There is also a small number scattered through the rest of the Reserve. The characteristic “smell of the bush” emitted by the leaves, particularly on a hot day, is always a give-away as to their presence. There are a small number of mature fruit on one of the female plants. These spiky fruit are three lobed and split open when ripe to release three round seeds. My casual observations suggest that the male trees outnumber the female trees by a ratio of about 4 to 1.

Interestingly, I found a similar relationship between the male and female trees of the related species Mallotus philippensis (Red Kamala). (January 2010)

The buds on the male plants of Mallotus claoxyloides (Smell-of-the-Bush or Green Kamala) have finally opened. The female plants flowered in February. Their flowering seems to be right out of phase which might be the result of the severe drought we have experienced. (July 2007)