Phaeanthus splendens Miq.,
Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd. Bat. 2 (1865)
(Latin for 'splendid')
Miliusa lucida (Oliv.) Finet & Gagnep.
Phaeanthus crassipetalus Becc.
Phaeanthus lucidus Oliv.
Sub-canopy tree up to 26 m tall and 28 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves
alternate, simple, penni-veined, colouring black when dried. Flowers with ca. 11
mm long petals, white-yellow coloured, placed in 1-3 flowered bundles,
rhamiflorous. Fruitlets ca. 22 mm long, dark purple and fleshy, placed in
apocarp, fruitlets one or two seeded.
Undisturbed lowland dry and freshwater swamp forests up to 540 m altitude.
Usually on sandy loam soils on steep hills and ridges. Also found on limestone.
Quite often found in secondary (logged) forests, where it is
usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.
Leaves are used against eye and skin infections.
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-,
Borneo: Banitan, Kayo balet membat, Pising-pisang, Samahei, Semukau, Sinyair.