simply love the name, the most poetic plant i ever knew. one almost want to leaf through each piece of leaf, like reading a book.
the fruit season of turn-in-the-wind happens in deep autumn. you might have thought these are the flowers, in fact these are the fruit. they look so animated and spiky, i imagine them being tens of little aliens from the outer space.
turn-in-the-wind is native to hong kong. this evergreen tree can be seen everywhere in the wild.
as it is from the family euphorbiaceae, you can easily spot one of the characteristics, the two outstanding beauty spots (macular glands) at the base of each leaf. ants and insects always gather around to suck the sap, adding animation and interaction around.
白楸 turn-in-the-wind (mallotus paniculatus) – kingdom: plantae | (unranked): angiosperms 被子植物 | (unranked): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked): rosids 薔薇類植物 | order: malpighiales 金虎尾目 | family: euphorbiaceae 大戟科 | subfamily: acalyphoideae 鐵莧菜亞科 | tribe: acalypheae 鐵莧菜族 | subtribe: rottlerinae | genus: mallotus 野桐屬 wiki
- stem – a small tree generally less than 25 cm dbh.
- leaves – small oil dots visible with a lens. petiole long. two flat glands on the upper surface of the leaf blade at its junction with the petiole, one on each side of the midrib. numerous small stellate hairs visible on the underside of the leaf blade with the aid of a lens. leaf blades about 8-19 x 5.5-12 cm. twig pith producing very little exudate.
- flowers -floral bracts shorter than the flowers at anthesis. flowers about 2-3 mm diam. outer surface of the tepals densely clothed in stellate hairs. ovary densely stellate hairy and echinate but without coloured glands, the setae or trichomes stellate hairy.
- fruit – capsules echinate and densely stellate hairy, the trichomes also stellate hairy. seeds +/- globular, about 2-2.5 mm diam. australian tropical rainforest plant