Helicia excelsa (Roxb.) Blume, Ann. Sci. Nat. II, 1 (1834)

Latin for 'high or emergent'.

Alseodaphne crassipes Hook.f.
Helicia excelsa var. edentata Meisn.
Helicia excelsa var. forbesii Gamble
Helicia excelsa var. salicifolia (Presl.) Gamble
Helicia oblanceolata Merr.
Helicia salicifolia Presl.
Roupala excelsa Roxb.

Sub-canopy tree up to 29 m tall and 42 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, usually hairy below. Flowers ca. 10 mm diameter, yellowish, placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 14 mm long, purple-black, drupes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, swamp, sub-montane and montane forests up to 2200 m altitude. On ridges, but also common on alluvial sites and along rivers and streams. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Wood is locally used for house construction and in mines.

India, Burma, Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, Central- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Hati buntal, Kayu masam, Luang, Marabomban, Palis, Pasir-pasir, Rambai.