Common name: Buckthorn-Leaved Kamala • Malayalam: pee-tsjerou-ponnagam • Tamil: Marai-Yirdiyam • Telugu:

Large shrubs; young parts densely brown tomentose. Leaves opposite or alternate, 7-16 x 3.5-6.5 cm, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, base cuneate or subrounded, apex acuminate, glabrous above, finely pubescent and yellow-glandular below, basally 3-ribbed; petiole to 10 cm long. Spikes terminal, unbranched, 8-15 cm long. Male flowers distantly fascicled, 1-2 mm across; tepals 1-seriate, splitting to 3-5 valves; stamens many. Female flowers 1.5-2 mm across; tepals 5, lanceolate; ovary 3-celled; styles 3, spreading. Capsule 3-4 mm across, 3-valvular, brown stellate-tomentose. Seeds c. 2 mm across, globose. 

Flowering and fruiting: August-December 
Semi-evergreen forests, also in the plains 
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka



Euphorbiaceae Fortnight :: for ID :: Vellimalai :: MK004 : Attachments (3). 7 posts by 4 authors.
Please help me in identifying this small tree.
Leaf: about 20 cm long
Habitat: riparian and semi-evergreen forests
Alt.: 700-800 m asl
Date: 03 Oct 2013
Place: Vellimalai RF, Theni dist., TN

I do not recognize as an Euphorbiacea

Mallotus rhamnoides

I think correct name may be Mallotus rhamnifolius (Willd.) Müll.Arg.

My bad, the correct name is Mallotus rhamnifolius. Thank you for the correction




Mallotus rhamnifolius : 17 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3) – around 950 kb each.
Found in Auroville Botanical Garden.

I think the identity is correct.  

Yes to me.

what does rhamnifolius mean. i cant find the translation

rhamnifolius = Rhamnus-like leaves.

Thorny / Prickly ??

Neither thorny nor prickly. 

rhamnus=  is all greek to me, 🙂

Yes …, The origin is Greek only, with mutations we now get Raphanus, Rhamnus and so on without any apparent meaning! Possibly … will be able to say better.

Any relevance to this meaning ??

Thank you …,

You have shown us the real meaning.
I checked the same with the vocabulary in Botanical Latin by Stearn but no meaning is given as such but it is shown how it got mutated from Greek and adopted subsequently in Latin.

thank you … i had seen /read that wiki, but question remains since rhamnifolius = leaves like rhamnus.
googling for” Rhamnaceae leaves”. rhamnaceae does not have any unique leaves. we get this right at the top. they can even be small flat leaves or transformed into thorns!!
” Leaves of Rhamnaceae family members are simple, i.e., the leaf blades are not divided into smaller leaflets.[2] Leaves can be either alternate and spiraling, or opposite. Stipules are present. These leaves are modified into spines in many genera, in some (e.g. Paliurus spina-christi and Colletia cruciata) spectacularly so. Colletia stands out by having two axillary buds instead of one, one developing into a thorn, the other one into a shoot.  ” end quote 
Does this mallotus leaf do all that????? so wisdom of the person giving this mallotus a name perhaps had something special in mind? or was in a rush, and this is all he could think of.. we will never know until someone renames it more logically and is accepted, I will have to  accept it, faults and all.

OR may be if someone who is studying the life history of Mallotus rhamnifolius. sees these sort of variations or transformations of the leaves. OR if the original  paper describing the name be traced and translated from its  latin, it could show us the reason. Art , science and rhetoric in/of  botany is very interesting

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