Prunus beccarii (Ridl.) Kalkman, Blumea 13 (1965)

Named after O. Beccari [1843-1920], an Italian botanist.

Pygeum beccarii Ridl.

Almost indistinguishable from Prunus arborea and possible a synonym of that species.

Mid-canopy tree up to 40 m tall and 66 cm dbh. Bark with strong cyanide smell. Stipules ca. 6 mm long, dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, usually glabrous. Flowers ca. 7 mm diameter, white-yellowish, placed in grouped racemes. Fruits ca. 9 mm diameter, green-black, 2-lobed drupes.

In undisturbed to slightly disturbed (open) mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 900 m altitude. On hillsides and ridges with sandy to clay soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Central- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Akil, Entili, Melipas, Merlepas, Palang kuing.