Hypobathrum microcarpum (Blume) Bakh.f., in Backer & Bakh.f. Fl. Java 2 (1965)

Latin for 'small fruit'.

Gynopachis deflectens Miq.
Higginsia microcarpa Blume
Petunga microcarpa (Blume) DC

Shrub up to 8 m tall and 10 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 2 mm long, dropped early. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 4 mm diameter, colour unknown, with short corolla tube, flowers in short racemes. Fruits ca. 7 mm diameter, green-white, berries.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers and streams and on hillsides. Also found on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

The young leaves and shoot tips are eaten raw as a vegetable. They are also used medicinally for making astringent.

Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (Sabah, West-, South- and East-Kalimantan), Celebes.