Litsea rubiginosa (Blume) Boerl., Handl. Fl. Ned. Ind. 3

Latin for 'rusty-brown'.

Cylicodaphne rubiginosa Blume

Mid-canopy tree up to 31 m tall and 66 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, slightly whitish below. Flowers ca. 5 mm diameter, white, placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 17 cm diameter, red-purple, fleshy drupes placed on enlarged flower base (cupule).

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 100 m altitude. Both on alluvial sites and riversides as well as hillsides and ridges. Usually on sandy soils, but also on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Medang, Pempelang.