Daphniphyllum griffithianum (Wight) Noltie, Regnum Veg. 145: 246 (2005)

Named after W. Griffith [1810-1845], an English physician who made many plant collections and wrote several botanical works.

Daphniphyllum bancanum Kurz
Daphniphyllum laurinum (Benth.) Baill.
Goughia griffithiana Wight
Goughia laurina Benth. [Illegitimate]
Gyrandra laurina Wall. [Invalid]

Sub-canopy trees up to 21 m tall and 30 cm dbh. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, with long petioles. Flowers ca. 2.5 mm in diameter, greenish-yellow, placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 10 mm long, blue-purple-black, fleshy drupes.

Mostly in disturbed or open sites in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests and in secondary forests up to 1700 m altitude. Also found in keranga forest. Usually on hillsides and ridges on sandy to rocky soils and on limestone.

A decoction of the roots is used as a medicine against diarrhea and thrush.

Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, South- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Petic.