Phoebe laevis Kosterm., Reinwardtia 8 (1970)

Latin for 'smooth or glabrous'.

Sub-canopy tree up to 25 m tall and 42 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves clustered at twig tips, alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 8 mm diameter, white-yellow, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 12 mm long, green, drupes with persistent calyx lobes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, (peat)-swamp and sub-montane forests up to 1400 m altitude. Usually on alluvial sites near rivers or streams on sandy soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

The wood is locally used for poles, planks and handles.

Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, South- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Medang, Medang kuning, Silou.