Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll. Arg.

Last updated: 7 July 2015

Scientific Name

Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll. Arg.


Adisca floribunda Blume, Coelodiscus annamiticus (Kuntze) Gagnep., Mallotus amentiformis Müll.Arg., Mallotus annamiticus Kuntze, Mappa floribunda (Blume) Zoll. & Moritzi, Ricinus floribundus Reinw. ex Müll.Arg., Rottlera floribunda (Blume) Hassk. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Mallotus marambokan (Sabah); maya-maya, pasu-pasu (Peninsular) [2], Mahang, memaya, tampin, sekubin air, mempasuh [3]
English Blue blade [2]
Myanmar taung-kado [2]
Indonesia Nakau (Palembang); tapen (Java) [2]
Thailand Lo khon, pik (Peninsular); prik (Peninsular, South-western) [2]
Philippines Tula-tula (Filipino) [2]
Vietnam b[aj]ch dan, ba b[es]t hoa nhi[eef]u [2].

Geographical Distributions

Mallotus floribundus is occurs throughout Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, Thailand, M. floribundus is also distributed throughout Malesia and the Solomon Islands. [2]

M. floribundus is locally common in primary and secondary forest, mainly in open locations, or scrub vegetation, especially along streams. M. floribundus is also occurs up to 500(-1000) m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

M. floribundus is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is a shrub or small tree that can reach up to measure about 18(-25) m tall. It is mostly with straight bole which is up to measure 30 cm in diametre.[2]

The leaves are arranged spirally (the upper ones is sometimes opposite), broadly ovate to orbicular  in shape, often glaucous below with conspicuous tufts of fulvous hairs in the basal vein-axils, peltate, with long petiole and slender. [2]

The fruit is with sparsely and soft bristles. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of M. floribundus [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll. Arg.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013. [updated 2012 March 23; cited 2015 July 7] Available from:
  2. Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll. Arg.In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia no 12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publication; 2003.
  3. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research.Compendium of Medicinal Plants Used in Malaysia: Volume 2. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 119.