Myristica elliptica Wall. ex Hook.f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. (1855)

Latin for 'elliptic'.

Myristica calocarpa Miq.
Myristica elliptica var. elliptica J.Sinclair
Myristica macrocarpa Wall.
Myristica sycocarpa Miq.

Sub-canopy tree up to 22 m tall and 38 cm dbh. Stem with red sap. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, slightly whitish below. Flowers ca. 8 mm diameter, yellow, placed in small panicles. Fruits ca. 57 mm long, yellow-orange-brown, glabrous, dehiscent capsules. Seed with divided orange-red aril.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, swamp and coastal (tidal) forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers and streams and in swamps, including tidal zones. On clay soils, but also on sand and limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

The timber is used. The nut is used for flavouring of food and also has medicinal properties.

Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (throughout the island), Philippines.

Local names
Borneo: Kumpang, Kunipang, Supaka'u.