Matthaea sancta Blume, Mus. Bot. Lugd. Bat. 2 (1856)

Latin for 'holy or sacred', probably referring to a religious use, or planted near holey sites.

Ficus pulchra Wall.
Matthaea calophylla Perkins
Matthaea latifolia Perkins
Matthaea sancta var. mindanaoensis Perkins
Matthaea sancta var. venulosa Perkins
Mollinedia sancta (Blume) Baill.

Shrub up to 8 m tall and 16 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 7 mm diameter, green-yellow, disc-shaped, flowers growing on shared receptacle. Fruits ca. 21 mm long, blue-black, fleshy drupes connected via swollen receptacle.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 1500 m altitude. On hillsides and ridges. Also on limestone soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

The branches are used to build houses. The leaves are smoked with tobacco to relieve headaches.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, East-Kalimantan), Philippines, Celebes.

Local names
Borneo: Kayu sama.