Goniothalamus ridleyi King, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 61(2): 76 (1892)
Named after Henry Nicholas Ridley [1855-?], director of Singapore Botanical Garden [1888-1911].
Goniothalamus fasciculatus Boerl.
Goniothalamus prainianus King
Goniothalamus prainianus var. angustipetalus King
Sub-canopy tree up to 30 m tall and 77 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves
alternate, simple, penni-veined. Flower petals ca. 13 mm long, reddish-brown,
placed cauliflorous at the base of the trunk. Fruitlets ca. 30 mm long, red,
fleshy, placed in apocarp, each fruitlet with several seeds.
Undisturbed forests up to 1500 m altitude. Usually on hillsides and ridges.
In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.
The fragrant bark is burned to drive away ghosts. It is also used to treat
Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah and East-Kalimantan).