Alphonsea javanica Scheff.,
Tijdschr. Ned. Ind. 31 (1870)
(Latin for 'of Java')
Alphonsea ceramensis Scheff.
Sub-canopy tree up to 21 m tall and 30 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves
alternate, simple, penni-veined, upper leaf surface shiny after drying. Flowers
ca. 20 mm in diameter, yellow, placed in bundles of 1 to 4 flowers, opposite of
leaf attachment. Fruitlets ca. 33 mm long, yellowish-green, placed in an apocarp of ca. 50 mm
diameter, each fruitlet with several seeds, the ripe fruitlets tend to burst
open, exposing sweet, edible flesh, seen eaten by monkeys.
Undisturbed lowland forest up to 950 m altitude, but usually below 300 m.
Found mainly on hillsides and ridges. Also reported on ultramafic and limestone
soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.
Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah and
East-Kalimantan), Philippines, Celebes and the Moluccas.
Borneo: Maluwitam djambu; Pisang-pisang.