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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves, Flowers. Copyright G. Sankowsky
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Mallotus nesophilus Mull.Arg.
Mueller Argoviensis, J. (1865) Linnaea 34: 196. Type: Qld, Sweers Is., Henne; lecto: MEL; iso: G-DC; Cape Flinders, 1819, A. Cunningham 295; Quail Is., 1855, Flood.
Echinus nesophilus (Mull.Arg.) Baill., Adansonia 6: 314(1866), Type: ?. Mallotus tiliifolius (Blume) Mull.Arg., Linnaea 34: 190(1865), Type: ?.
Yellow Ball Flower
A small tree. Hard brittle, pale brown inclusions present in the blaze.
Numerous small yellowish glands visible on the underside of the leaf blade with the aid of a lens. Numerous small oil dots visible with a lens. Small stellate hairs just visible on the twigs and underside of the leaf blade with the aid of a lens. Two flat or slightly depressed glands visible on the upper surface of the leaf blade at its junction with the petiole. Leaf blades about 5-14 x 3-11 cm, petioles about 5-11 cm long. Lateral vein 6-8 on each side of the midrib.
Cotyledons orbicular, about 12 mm diam., petiole relatively long and slender. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade triangular, margin serrate, upper surface clothed in simple and stellate hairs, lower surface clothed in simple hairs and pale yellow glands; petioles densely clothed in simple hairs and scattered yellow glands; stipules small and hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Australia, occurs in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 600 m. Grows in monsoon forest, beach forest and similar communities. Most frequently encountered near the sea.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)