Xanthophyllum discolor Chodat, Bull. Herb. Boiss. 4 (1896)

Latin for 'different colours', probably referring to the difference in lower and upper leaf colour.

Xanthophyllum flavovirens Elmer
Xanthophyllum hypoleucum Merr.
Xanthophyllum macranthum Chodat ex Elmer

Understorey tree up to 16 m tall and 22 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, sometimes whitish below. Flowers ca. 24 mm diameter, white-pinkish, placed in unbranched inflorescences. Fruits ca. 15 mm diameter, green, drupes. Seeds with aril.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 1500 m altitude. On hillsides and ridges on poor sandy to ultrabasic soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

The ashes of the burned twigs are dispersed over rice-fields against pests.

Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, West- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines.