Ardisia forbesii S.Moore, J. Bot. 52 (1914)

Named after H.O. Forbes [1851-1932], a British botanist.

Ardisia acutiloba Mez
Ardisia arborella Stone
Ardisia inconspicua Mez
Ardisia lepidula Mez
Ardisia momiensis Kaneh. & Hatus.
Ardisia synneura var. cataractorum Stone
Tapeinosperma papuanum S.Moore

Understorey tree up to 13 m tall and 16 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined but sometimes venation barely visible, glabrous. Flowers ca. 3 mm diameter, pinkish-purple, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 3 mm diameter, white-pinkish with dots, fleshy drupes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 1700 m altitude. Usually on hillsides and ridges, but also along rivers and streams. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Sumatra, Borneo (throughout the island), Philippines, Celebes, New Guinea.

Local names
Borneo: Decar flanak, Kubi, Merjemah.