Molau yalewa (Fijian: Molau yalewa)

Phyllanthus cordata (Phyllanthaceae)

 

Characteristics

Evergreen shrub or tree, 3-7 m tall, spreading crown. Grows in dry forests, ridge forests, pastures and along roadsides, at elevations up to 900 meters. The plant flowers and produces fruits all year round.

Distribution

Endemic to Fiji.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

This species is noteworthy for its pollination mechanism, which involves a symbiotic relationship with moths of the genus Epicephala. This closely parallels that found in Yucca species.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species