Miliusa macropoda Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi ii. 40 (1865)

(Latin for 'long feet')


Trees up to 35 m tall, 45 cm diameter. Twigs hairy, but losing hairs when older. Leaves alternate, simple, elliptic to ovate, 4.523 by 2.59 cm, base unequal, acute to rounded, sometimes emarginate, apex acuminate. Inflorescences 1(-2) flowered, peduncles 725 by 1 mm. Flowers smell like fermented rice, white-yellow-pinkish-purple, pedicels 55330 by 0.71.5 mm, sepals broadly triangular, free, 1.21.5 by 1.22 mm, outer petals triangular, 1.52.5 by 11.5 mm, apex slightly curved, inner petals ovate, 0.81.5 by 0.51 cm. Carpels 5080, narrowly flask-shaped, 1.52.3 by 0.40.8 mm, scattered to sparsely strigose; stigma capitate to club-shaped, 0.51 by 0.51 mm, glabrous or cobwebbed; ovules 57(10), lateral, uniseriate. Monocarps brown-reddish, 1143, subglobose to cylindrical to transversely elliptic, 13 by 0.81.2 cm, apiculate (c. 1 mm); stipe 1544 by 1.53 mm. Seed(s) (1)36, elliptical with one or two sides flattened, 512 by 48 mm, pericarp 11.5 mm thick.

Primary forest or remnant tree in secondary forest, up to 400 m elevation. Soil: Sandstone, limestone, loam. Location: Hillsides to low flat country; near riverbanks or in periodically inundated areas. Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year.

Eastern Borneo.

Local names
Borneo: Karai.
Indonesia: Malu-Itan.
Malaysia: Pisang Pisang.