Aleurites moluccana, originated from Malaysia and Polynesia, now widely grown in most tropical countries. It is quick growing, regular shaped and possess a dense crown. Thus it is commonly planted as shade and roadside tree. Being cold resistant, and able to withstand strong wind, it grows well in sheltered environments with good soil.
From a distance, the crown appears whitish or frosted due to the coating of a layer of white or pale brown minute scales on the young leaves, twigs and inflorescences. Aged leaves lose the scaly covering and appear a glossy dark green. The bark is greyish white in colour, with prominent lenticels on the surface.