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  Pisonia grandis
  Family Name : Nyctaginaceae

  Synonyms : Pisonia alba, Pisonia grandis 'Alba'

  Common Names : Lettuce Tree, Kemudu, Mengkudu, Moonlight Tree

Lettuce Tree,Kemudu,Mengkudu,Moonlight Tree
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Shrubby (1m-5m))
      Maximum Height :
      7 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Philippines, Sri Lanka
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Foliage: Simple leaves about 20cm long, with opposite leaf arrangement. Leaf shape is oblong-ovate. When exposed to strong sunlight, the leaves usually range from pale yellow to almost white, whereas in shady locations, the leaves are somewhat darker.
      Flowers: Very small and inconspicuous, white in colour. Flowers are borne in small globular clusters. Rarely flowers in Singapore.
      Fruits: Small, hairy, club-shaped fruits, about 2cm long. Borne in rows.
      [Others]: Propagation:Propagated from stem cuttings.
      Etymology :
      The genus Pisonia is named after the Dutch physician and naturalist, Williem Piso. The species epithet grandis means "large", in reference to the leaves.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Landscape Uses :
      Roadside Tree / Palm
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      2.5 (Tree - Open Canopy)

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