Mesua beccariana (Baill.) Kosterm., Reinwardtia 7 (1969)

Named after O. Beccari [1843-1920], an Italian botanist.

Kayea beccariana Baill.

Emergent tree up to 51 m tall and 54 cm dbh. Stem with white to yellow latex. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, venation inconspicuous. Flowers ca. 9 mm diameter, white-yellow, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 21 mm diameter, yellow-brown, nut enclosed by persistent sepals.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp to sub-montane forests up to 1100 m altitude. Mostly on hillsides and ridges with sandy soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo (Sarawak, West- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Meragasing, Mergasing.