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Campus Trees

Pisonia grandis


Family:  Nyctaginaceae

Common Name:  Lettuce Tree, Moonlight Tree

Flowering period: July to August


  • Tree (Shrubby (1m-5m)).
  • 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 are very small and inconspicuous, white in colour. Flowers are borne in small globular clusters.
  • Fruits are Small, hairy, club-shaped fruits, about 2cm long. Borne in rows.


  • The plant is traditionally used as anti-rheumatic and antifungal.