(First upload on December 18 2009. Last on October 2 2017) [ 日本語 | English ]

Mallotus japonicus (Thunb. ex Murray) Mueller-Arg.

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Mallotus Lour. (アカメガシワ)

Three species in Japan. No species in Hokkaido
M. japonicus (Thunb. ex Murray) Mueller-Arg. (アカメガシワ)
M. paniculatus (Lamarck) Muell. Arg. (ウラジロアカメガシワ): Yaeyama Islands and to south
M. philipensis (Lamarck) Muell. Arg. (クスノハガシワ)

Mallotus japonicus in Japan

Akamegashiwa (アカメガシワ, 赤芽柏 / 赤柏, 御菜葉, 五菜葉, アカベ), food wrapper plant
Lifeform: deciduous tree
Distribution: east Asia, including Japan (but not distributed in Hokkaido)
Habitat: common in secondary forests (pioneer tree)

volcanoes (火山)

Shoot: cherry red
Seed dispersal: bird (use for staining)



[1] in front of JR Yotsuya Station, Tokyo, on May 26 2017. [2/3] at Rakuju-en Garden (楽寿園), Mishima, on November 18 2009. [4] at a 6th trail near the Biwa Falls on Mount Takao (599 m elevation), Tokyo, on October 21 2013. [5] a specimen collected from a black pine forest in the campus of Niigata University (新潟大学) on September 16 1990. The specimen is stored in SAPS.