Cryptocarya ferrea Blume, Bijdr. (1826)

Latin for 'iron'.

Cryptocarya argentea Gamble
Cryptocarya bicolor Merr.
Cryptocarya borneensis Kosterm.
Cryptocarya erectinervia Kosterm.
Cryptocarya glaucescens Hassk.
Cryptocarya kurzii Hook.f.
Cryptocarya kurzii var. argentea (Gamble) Airy Shaw
Cryptocarya kurzii var. subsericea Airy Shaw
Cryptocarya scortechinii Gamble
Cryptocarya tawaensis Merr.
Cryptocarya tomentosa Blume
Cryptocarya tomentosa var. rugosa Gamble

Sub-canopy tree up to 24 m tall and 41 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous (to hairy below), prominent venation. Flowers ca. 2 mm diameter, yellowish, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 18 mm long, blue-purple, fleshy drupes.

In undisturbed to slightly disturbed mixed dipterocarp to sub-montane forests up to 1400 m altitude. Usually on hillsides with sandy soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Burma, Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Central-, South- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines, Celebes.

Local names
Borneo: Bambalinas, Medang.