Litsea castanea Hook.f., Fl.
Brit. Ind. 5 (1886)
Latin for 'chestnut brown'.
Very similar to Litsea firma (Blume) Hook.f.
Malapoenna castanea Kuntze
Upper canopy tree up to 41 m tall and 87 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves
alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, conspicuous reticulate network of
tertiary venation. Flowers ca. 12 mm diameter, yellow, placed in axillary
bundles. Fruits ca. 15 mm long, red, fleshy drupes placed on enlarged flower
In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga and sub-montane forests up to 1900
m altitude. Usually on ridges with sandy soils, but also found on limestone. In
secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah,
Borneo: Birajang, Medang, Patinong.