Saprosma arboreum Blume, Bijdr. (1827)

Latin for 'tree'.

Understorey tree up to 15 m tall and 15 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 3 mm long, pointed. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 3 mm diameter, white, short corolla tube, placed in axillary bundles. Fruits ca. 9 mm diameter, green-whitish, berries.

In undisturbed to slightly disturbed (open) mixed dipterocarp and swamp forests up to 900 m altitude. Mostly on hillsides and ridges, but also on alluvial sites. On clay to sandy soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda islands, Borneo (throughout the island).

Local names
Borneo: Ia, Maratae, Tulang ular, Ubah.