- Pronunciation: oh-mah-LAN-thus NEW-tans
- Common Name: Native Poplar, Bleeding Heart
- Derivation: Omalanthus populifolius, Homalanthus populifolius
- Type: Shrub or small Tree
- Family: EUPHORBIACEAE
- Size: to 6 metres
- Flowers: Cream, spikes, September to December
- Fruit: Bluish-white, purplish, 2-Lobed Capsule 6-9 mm lonjg
- Vegetation Type: Rainforest margins
- Species List: FI Podberscek, NNP Parkedge/Alex, NNP service road, BSDoonan, Fraser Island, Cranks Creek, Batianoff 87, NNS, Upper Yandina Creek, Boreen Point, TAFE, NNP Tanglewood, BHNR, Stratford Park
TAKE CARE! Some information about bush foods and medicines may be anecdotal. Correct identification and preparation is essential:
Bush Medicine: Aborigines and Chinese miners used freshly crushed Leaves to stop bleeding.
Samoan healers used the Bark of the Plant to treat hepatitis and sent their mixtures to the National Cancer Institute (USA), which isolated prostratin, an experimental but promising anti-HIV Compound.
Indoor pot Plant potential.
Propagation is from Seed, ripening in summer; and cuttings. Very fast-growing. Average soil is tolerated but good drainage and moisture is essential.
Successfully propagated by Florabunda Bushcare nursery, Woombye
Successfully propagated by Mooloolah Native Nursery
Successfully propagated by Barung Landcare
Brown pigeons eat the Fruit.