Fagraea auriculata Jack, Mal. Misc. 2, 7 (1822)
Latin for 'with ears', referring to the stipule like appendages at the petiole base.
Fagraea borneensis Scheff in Hassk.
Fagraea bracteosa Cammerl.
Fagraea curranii Merr.
Fagraea epiphytica Elmer
Fagraea euneura Scheff. in Hassk.
Fagraea imperialis Miq.
Fagraea jackii Elmer
Fagraea javanica Reinw. ex Blume
Fagraea nonok Elmer
Willughbeia auriculata (Jack) Spreng.
Epiphytic climber turning into a tree up to 30 m tall and 30 cm dbh when
mature. Stipules? Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, leathery,
petiole base with two distinct stipule like appendages. Flowers huge trumpets up
to 200 mm diameter, white-yellow, solitary or in small clusters. Fruits ca. 70
mm long, green-whitish, capsules, dehiscing into four lobes. Seeds embedded in
orange to red pulp.
Epiphytic, more rarely terrestrial, shrub or climber, with age sometimes becoming a small
to medium-sized tree (up to 30 m by c. 30 cm diameter). Twigs often sharply 4-angled, each ridge
crowned by a small acute spine (which in large specimens may be developed into a small extra auricle).
Leaves mostly distinctly petioled, varying from narrowly oblanceolate to oblong or obovate,
9-40(-60) by 4-25 cm, usually thickly coriaceous, base broadly cuneate to narrowly acute, more or
less decurrent, apex rounded to acute, mostly terminated by a narrowly triangular, acute acumen;
nerves 5-20 pairs, often inconspicuous to invisible; petiole robust, often about quadrangular
in cross-section, 2-4(-8) cm, at the base (faintly to) distinctly auriculate, auricles about orbicular,
somewhat convex, appressed to the twig; axillary scale for the greater part adnate to the petiole,
loosely appressed to the twig, 0.5-0.8 cm long, fairly broad, rounded to slightly 2-lobed at the
apex. Flowers solitary or in 2-7-flowered cymes; pedicels robust, 1-5 cm, quite near the top or
somewhat lower down with 1 or 2 pairs of appressed, small to fairly large bracteoles. Calyx
campanulate. 2-7.5 cm long, mostly divided to near the base, sometimes only slightly more than
halfway down. Corolla thin to very thickly fleshy leathery (in the herbarium sometimes nearly
woody), tube widely to narrowly funnel-shaped, 4.5-15 cm, limb wide-spreading (in the fresh
state the whole corolla may be up to nearly 30 cm long and more than 30 cm across). Anthers bifid
to about the middle or somewhat lower down, elliptic to oblong, 0.7-2 cm, thick. Stigma peltate,
flat or slightly hollowed, 4-8 mm diameter (in vivo up to 2 cm). Fruits oblong-ellipsoid to ovoid,
crowned by the persistent style-base, 6-15 cm long, greyish-white when ripe, dehiscing with 4 lobes;
seeds embedded in an orange to red pulpa (which is derived from the placentas); calyx somewhat
accrescent, mostly more or less spreading. [from Flora Malesiana]
Ornamental. The sticky fluid under the epidermis of the fruit is used in Sumatra as a glue,
especially as a bird-lime.
In primary and secondary rain-forests, often along clearings, river-banks, paths, etc.,
sometimes in mangrove swamps on tidal waterways, on coastal rocks, in alang-alang fields and
scrub, from sea-level up to 150O(-1900) m. Also growing on limestone. Flowers are bee and bird
pollinated. Seeds are bird and ant dispersed. The leaf auricles form ant-shelters.
Burma, Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser
Sunda Islands, Borneo, Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas.
Java: ki nangka, ki terong (badak), kontol buta, mangando badak.
Peninsular Malaysia: pelir musang, sagam.
Philippines: nolo, tumakos, nonok, piakang.
Sumatra: Bira-bira, kayu tulang, kenang (or kemang) hutan, puleh, sikaso udieng, simbu badak,
terentang langil, terong terong.