Cryptocarya griffithiana Wight, Icon. 5 (1852)

Named after W. Griffith [1810-1845], a British physician who also collected plants.

Cryptocarya caudata Meisn.
Cryptocarya crassinervia Miq.

Sub-canopy tree up to 27 m tall and 29 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, densely hairy below, whitish below, prominent venation below. Flowers ca. 7 mm diameter, white-yellow, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 23 mm long, blue-purple, fleshy drupes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, peat-swamp, keranga, coastal and sub-montane forests up to 1700 m altitude. Common on both alluvial as well as dry sites, usually on sandy soils, but also on clay and limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Burma, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Central- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas.

Local names
Borneo: Madang, Medang.