Homalium caryophyllaceum (Z. & M.) Benth., J. Linn. Soc. 4 (1860)

Latin for 'nutmeg-shaped', referring to the flowers.

Blackwellia caryophyllacea Z. & M.
Blackwellia longiflora Miq.
Cordylanthus frutescens Blume
Homalium cordylanthus Benth.
Homalium frutescens Warb.
Homalium hosei Merr.
Homalium longiflorum Benth. ex Koord.
Homalium obovale Miq.
Homalium sumatranum Miq.

Sub-canopy tree up to 21 m tall and 28 cm dbh. Stipules dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, marging sometimes toothed. Flowers ca. 5 mm diameter, green-white-yellow, with calyx tube, flowers placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 27 mm long, yellowish, elongate drupes/capsules with persistent flower parts at the base.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, swamp, coastal and sub-montane forests up to 1400 m altitude. Usually on alluvial sites and along rivers. On sandy to silt soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (throughout the island), Celebes.

Local names
Borneo: Basing, Bulalang, Buluh, Dampol, Kamanjar, Kamuning, Kayu buloh, Kayu keras, Kayu laras, Kulahit hitam, Kutang, Malinein, Malinoin, Pintik, Tambalinoh, Tangan mungit, Tulang ular.