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Family Euphorbiaceae
Tula-tula
Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Muell.-Arg.
BLUE BLADE

Scientific names Common names
Adisca floribunda Blume Bagnan (Tagb.)
Coelodiscus annamiticus (Kuntze) Gagnep. Batalang (Bag.)
Mallotus amentiformis Müll. Arg Katula (Sub.)
Mallotus anamiticus Kuntze Kayog (Mbo.)
Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müell.-Arg. Tula-tula (Tag., Bik., Bis., Chab., Sul)
Mappa floribunda (Blume) Zoll. & Moritzi Tuya-tuya (Tag.)
Ricinus floribundus Reinw. ex Mûll.Arg. Blue blade (Engl.)
Rottlera floribunda (Blume) Hassk.  
Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Müll.Arg. is an accepted name. The Plant List

Other vernacular names
BURMESE: Taung-kado.
INDONESIAN: Nakau, Tapen.
MALAY: Mahang, Maya-maya, Memaya, Mempasuh, Pasu-pasu, Tampin.
THAI: Lo, Lo khon, Pik, Prik.
VIETNAMESE: B[aj]ch dan, Ba b[es]t hoa nhi[eef]u.

Botany
Tula-tula is a tree that attains a height of 10 meters or less. Leaves are alternate, peltate orbicular or suborbicular-ovate, 7 to 16 centimeters long, 5 to 15 centimeters wide; the apex is pointed, smooth above but glaucous beneath, with hairy glands on the axils of the base. Flowers are small. Male flowers are borne on spikes 7.5 to 10 centimeters long; the female ones occur on elongated racemes. Capsules are about 2 centimeters in diameter, nearly spherical, with thickly crustaceous and hairy cocci.

Distribution
- In forests at low and medium altitudes.
- Also occurs in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Guinea..

Parts used
Flowers, roots.

Uses

Folkloric
- No reported folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines.
- In Java, the aromatic flowers are mixed with rice flour in making face-powders and for scenting medicinal powders. Also, used for making toilet powder.
- In the Malay Peninsula, root decoction used after childbirth; also, for fevers, stomachaches and cholera.
- Decoction of plants used as lotion for yaws.
- Lead decoction used for cleaning wounds.
Others
- Wood: In Sumatra, the tough wood used for making small objects.


Studies
Antioxidant:
Study evaluated 39 Mallotus samples, from at least 17 different species, for antioxidant activity. Only nine samples showed high antioxidant activity (%DPPH rem <30). Mallotus floribundus leaves showed to be highly antioxidant with %DPPH of 6.4. (4)

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Updated November 2018 / September 2013

MAGE SOURCE: / Photos / Mallotus floribundus / © The Plants in Malaysia / Used for non-commercial use / CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SOURCE PAGE / LuckyBox2/FC2

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Flora of Thailand / Euphorbiaceae / Mallotus / P C van Welzen, S E C Sierra et al / National Herbarium Nederland
(3)
Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Muell. Arg. / Vernacular names / GLOBinMED
(4)
Potential antioxidant compounds in Mallotus species fingerprints. Part I: Indication, using linear multivariate calibration techniques / C. Tistaerta, B. Dejaeghera, N. Nguyen Hoaia,b, G. Chataignéc, C. Rivièrec, V. Nguyen Thi Hongb,c, M. Chau Vanb, J. Quetin-Leclercqc, Y. Vander Heydena / Analytica Chimica Acta 649 (2009) 24–32 / doi:10.1016/j.aca.2009.07.020

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