Plant Details

Scientific Name: Homalanthus nutans (Omalanthus populifolius, Homalanthus populifolius)
  • 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

Cultural Notes

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.

 

Identification Notes

LeafLeaves Alternate, Glaucous below, Peltate A few older Leaves turning red

Milky Latex present in young Leaves and petioles

Flower: cream spikes to 10 cm.

Landscaping Notes

Indoor pot Plant potential.

Pioneer Plant.

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

Associated Fauna

Brown pigeons eat the Fruit.

  • Homalanthus nutans (Omalanthus populifolius, Homalanthus populifolius)
  • Homalanthus nutans (Omalanthus populifolius, Homalanthus populifolius)
  • Homalanthus nutans (Omalanthus populifolius, Homalanthus populifolius)
  • Homalanthus nutans (Omalanthus populifolius, Homalanthus populifolius)
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