Memecylon oleifolium Blume, Mus. Bot. Lugd. Bat. 1, 23 (1851)

Latin for 'leaves like those of the olive tree'.

Memecylon oleaefolium Blume

Understorey tree up to 16 m tall and 14 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, venation faint, glabrous. Flowers ca. 3 mm diameter, white-bluish, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 6 mm diameter, blue, berries.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga, swamp and mangrove forests up to 300 m altitude. Often on alluvial sites, but also common on hillsides and ridges, on sandy to rocky soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Burma, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan), Moluccas.

Local names
Borneo: Obah.