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Mallotus resinosus

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Euphorbiaceae
Rank  Species
Order  Malpighiales
Genus  Mallotus
Similar  Mallotus ficifolius, Mallotus claoxyloides, Mallotus discolor, Mallotus oppositifolius, Acalypheae

The Resinous Kamala , (Mallotus resinosus) is a species of 12m tall shrub, evergreen plant in the Euphorbiaceae family. It is native to India, Sri Lanka to New Guinea and Australia. The plant is known as "கருவாளிச்சீ / karuvalichchi" by Tamil people.

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Leaves

elliptic to obovate; base attenuate; margin serrate.

Flowers

Inflorescence - present, where male flowers are clustered and unbranched. Female flowers are also unbrnanched, but with 3 locules and few short spines.

Fruits

globose seeded capsule.

Chemistry

Scientists found a simple coumarin, called Scopoletin from the root extraction of resinous kamala. It was identified as the active principle responsible for DNA cleavage activity during the extraction process. The chemical was once thought that only found within plants of genus Scolopia

References

Mallotus resinosus Wikipedia


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