Ardisia megistosepala Merr., Unif. Calif. Publ. Bot. 15 (1929)

Latin for 'with very large sepals'.

Probably a synonym of Ardisia macrocalyx Scheff.

Understorey tree up to 13 m tall and 21 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined but venation barely visible, glabrous. Flowers ca. 18 mm diameter, pinkish-red-purple, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 8 mm diameter, reddish-purple, fleshy drupes with very large persistent calyx.

In undisturbed to slightly disturbed (open) mixed dipterocarp, swamp and sub-montane forests up to 1500 m altitude. On alluvial swampy sites, but also common on hillsides and ridges. On sandy to clay soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

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

Local names
Borneo: Kayu daging-daging, Lumbi-lumbi, Merpingan.