Lunasia amara Blanco
Blanco, F.M. (1837) Flora de Filipinas : 783. Type: Philippines, Luzon Island, Escritor BS 20776 ( Merrill Species Blancoanae 5); neo: ?.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-3 m tall but occasionally grows into a small tree.
Young shoots, twigs and leaves clothed in stellate hairs or scales. Underside of mature leaf blades sparsely clothed in stellate hairs or scales. Leaf blades about 5.5-6.0 cm long, usually narrowly obovate and coarsely toothed or lobed towards the apex. Petiole grooved or channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots very numerous.
All parts of the inflorescence clothed in stellate hairs or scales. Individual flowers in head-like clusters about 3-6 mm diam. which are arranged in racemes or spikes. Flowers small. Male flowers +/- sessile. Female flowers shortly pedicellate. Sepals about 0.5 mm long in male flowers and about 1-1.5 mm long in female flowers. Petals about 1 mm long in male flowers and about 2-2.3 mm long in female flowers. Stamens about 1 mm long, alternating with the petals. Carpels densely hairy on the outer surface.
Follicles about 6-15 x 5-10 mm with beaks about 5 mm long at the apex. Seeds obovoid.
This species may have medicinal properties.
Stem bark material of this species was active against tumor cell cultures. Collins et al. (1990).