Ptychopyxis arborea (Merr.)
Airy Shaw, Kew Bull. 14 (1960)
Latin for 'tree-like'.
Mallotus arboreus Merr.
Upper canopy tree up to 50 m tall and 75 cm dbh. Leaves alternate, simple,
penni-veined, hairy below, long pulvinate petioles. Flowers ca. 5 mm diameter,
green-yellowish, placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 40 mm diameter,
green-yellow-brown, fleshy drupe. Seeds with sweet aril.
In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 1600 m
altitude. Mostly on hillsides and ridges with clay to sandy soils. Also common
on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant
Fruits are edible.
Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, South- and East-Kalimantan).
Borneo: Lebui, Luagan-luagan, Marjilawat, Perupuk batu.