Lasianthus borneensis Merr., Unif. Calif. Publ. Bot. 15 (1929)
Latin for 'from Borneo'.
Shrub up to 5 m tall and 4 cm dbh. Twigs usually spread over the forest
floor, i.e. plant much broader than high. Stipules ca. 3 mm long, pointed,
hairy. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, hairy. Flowers ca. 6 mm diameter,
white with pinkish-purple inside, with short corolla tube, flowers in axillary
bundles. Fruits ca. 6 mm diameter, blue-purple, berries.
In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga, swamp and sub-montane forests up
to 1000 m altitude. Usually on hillsides and ridges, occasionally in swampy
places. Mostly on sandy soils, but also on clay and limestone. In secondary
forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.
Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West- and East-Kalimantan).