Guettarda speciosa L., Sp. Pl. (1753)

Latin for 'beautiful'.

Cadamba jasminiflora Sonn.
Gardenia speciosa (L.) Roxb. ex Wight & Arn. [Illegitimate]
Guettarda hirsuta Sarg. [Illegitimate]
Guettarda speciosa var. glabrata DC.
Guettarda speciosa var. tahitensis (Nadeaud) Drake
Guettarda tahitensis Nadeaud
Jasminum hirsutum (L.) Willd.
Matthiola speciosa (L.) Kuntze
Mogorium hirsutum (L.) Poir.
Nyctanthes hirsuta L.

Tree up to 22 m tall and 88 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 7 mm long, broadly triangular. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous to hairy, leaf base usually cordate. Flowers ca. 11 mm diameter, white-cream, with long corolla tube, flowers placed in compressed, umbelliform inflorescences. Fruits ca. 22 mm diameter, greenish, berries?

Along sandy and rocky beaches up to 40 m altitude.

The wood is locally used for making walking sticks.

(Sub)-Tropical eastern Africa, Asia and Pacific. In Borneo collected in Sabah, Sarawak, West- and East-Kalimantan.

Local names
Borneo: Baharu laut, Kamatolang, Lingka, Pingan-pingan, Salingkaran.