Lasianthus borneensis Merr., Unif. Calif. Publ. Bot. 15 (1929)

Latin for 'from Borneo'.

Shrub up to 5 m tall and 4 cm dbh. Twigs usually spread over the forest floor, i.e. plant much broader than high. Stipules ca. 3 mm long, pointed, hairy. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, hairy. Flowers ca. 6 mm diameter, white with pinkish-purple inside, with short corolla tube, flowers in axillary bundles. Fruits ca. 6 mm diameter, blue-purple, berries.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga, swamp and sub-montane forests up to 1000 m altitude. Usually on hillsides and ridges, occasionally in swampy places. Mostly on sandy soils, but also on clay and limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

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