Peronema canescens Jack, Malayan Misc. 2 (1822)

Latin for 'greyish'.

Peronema heterophyllum Miq.

Upper canopy tree up to 45 m tall and 102 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, compound with winged rachis, leaflets penni-veined, glabrous, whitish below. Flowers ca. 2 mm diameter, white-purplish, placed in large panicles. Fruits ca. 4 mm diameter, green-yellow, dehiscent capsules.

In secondary regrowth and disturbed sites in mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Often on alluvial sites and near or along rivers and streams, but also on hillsides.

Often used in reforestation programs in logging concessions. The wood is used for house building and furniture. The leaves are used to treat fever and against ringworms. The leaves are also used to make a mouthwash against toothache.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (West-, South- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Julu-julu hantu, Lurus, Sungkai.