Psychotria viridiflora Reinw. ex Blume, Bijdr. 963 (1827)
Latin for 'green flowers'.
Grumilea viridiflora (Reinw. ex Blume) Miq.
Psychotria jackii Hook.f.
Uragoga jackii (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Shrub up to 8 m tall and 14 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 5 mm long, triangular.
Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 4 mm diameter,
white-yellow-pinkish, with corolla tube, flowers in panicles. Fruits ca. 9 mm
diameter, red-purple, berries on contrasting pink-red inflorescences.
In undisturbed to disturbed (open sites) keranga and mixed dipterocarp
forests up to 600 m altitude. Often along rivers and streams, but also on
hillsides. On sandy to clay soils, but also on limestone and ultramafic. In
secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.
The leaves are used to treat skin diseases and to clean wounds. They are
also use in as an ingredient of a red dye.
Nicobar Islands, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands,
Borneo (throughout the island), Celebes.
Borneo: Engkerbai, Kadamba, Kerebang, Pijar, Sampaheneng.