Alseodaphne bancana Miq., Fl. Ind. Bat. 1 (1858)

Latin for 'from Bangka', and island between Sumatra and Borneo.

Alseodaphne decipiens Hook.f.

Almost indistinguishable from Dehaasia firma Blume.

Mid-canopy tree up to 40 m tall and 66 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous to very short hairy below. Flowers ca. 3.5 mm diameter, yellow-white, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 13 mm diameter, blue-purple, fleshy drupe with pink-reddish fruit stalk.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, swamp, keranga and sub-montane forests up to 1100 m altitude. Usually on hillsides and ridges, but also in or near swamps and along rivers. Usually on rich clay soils, but also on poor sandy soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

The wood is used for construction purposes and to make boats.

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

Local names
Borneo: Medang, Medang hatu, Medang sisek, Medang sisik.