Phaeanthus splendens Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd. Bat. 2 (1865)

(Latin for 'splendid')

Miliusa lucida (Oliv.) Finet & Gagnep.
Phaeanthus crassipetalus Becc.
Phaeanthus lucidus Oliv.

Sub-canopy tree up to 26 m tall and 28 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, colouring black when dried. Flowers with ca. 11 mm long petals, white-yellow coloured, placed in 1-3 flowered bundles, rhamiflorous. Fruitlets ca. 22 mm long, dark purple and fleshy, placed in apocarp, fruitlets one or two seeded.

Undisturbed lowland dry and freshwater swamp forests up to 540 m altitude. Usually on sandy loam soils on steep hills and ridges. Also found on limestone. Quite often found in secondary (logged) forests, where it is usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Leaves are used against eye and skin infections.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Banitan, Kayo balet membat, Pising-pisang, Samahei, Semukau, Sinyair.