Canthium confertum Korth., Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 2 (1851)

Latin for 'clustered'.

Canthium confertum forma sumatranum Miq.
Canthium glomerulatum Miq.
Plectronia conferta (Korth.) Merr.

Understorey tree up to 13 m tall and 20 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 2 mm long, triangular, pointed. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 5 mm diameter, yellowish, with short corolla tube, placed in axillary bundles. Fruits ca. 10 mm diameter, yellow-orange-red, sometimes 3-lobed drupes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, coastal (mangrove edges) and sub-montane forests up to 1900 m altitude. Often on alluvial sites and along rivers and streams, but also common on hillsides and ridges. On sandy to clay soils, also on ultramafic. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

The wood is locally used for house posts and as fire-wood.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (throughout the island).

Local names
Borneo: Bisingang, Temongang.