Hypobathrum microcarpum (Blume) Bakh.f., in Backer & Bakh.f. Fl. Java 2 (1965)
Latin for 'small fruit'.
Gynopachis deflectens Miq.
Higginsia microcarpa Blume
Petunga microcarpa (Blume) DC
Shrub up to 8 m tall and 10 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 2 mm long, dropped early.
Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 4 mm diameter,
colour unknown, with short corolla tube, flowers in short racemes. Fruits ca. 7
mm diameter, green-white, berries.
In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers
and streams and on hillsides. Also found on limestone. In secondary forests
usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.
The young leaves and shoot tips are eaten raw as a vegetable. They are also
used medicinally for making astringent.
Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (Sabah, West-, South- and