Homalium foetidum (Roxb.) Benth., J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 4 (1860)

Latin for 'smelling bad'.

Astranthus foetida Wall. ex Clarcke
Blackwellia foetida Wall.
Blackwellia moluccana Blume
Blackwellia propinqua Wall.
Blackwellia spiralis Wall.
Homalium amplifolium Gilg.
Homalium aranga Vid. ex F.-Vill.
Homalium luzoniense F.-Vill.
Homalium novoguineense Sloot.
Homalium pachyphyllum Gilg.
Homalium platyphyllum Merr.
Homalium propinquum Clarke
Ludia foetida Roxb.
Metrosideros Molucca Samar mas Rumph.
Scolopia foetida Clos.

Mid-canopy tree up to 36 m tall and 44 cm dbh. Stipules dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous, marging usually toothed. Flowers ca. 6 mm diameter, green-white-yellow, placed in racemes. Fruits not seen, but probably similar to those of Homalium caryophyllacea.

In undisturbed to disturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 400 m altitude. Often along rivers, but also common on hillsides. On sandy to clay soils, but also found on limestone.

The wood is locally used for construction.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas, New Guinea, West Pacific.

Local names
Borneo: Bansisian, Batu bagalang, Bo-o, Dijung barak, Hatan sauw, Kalamis, Katal-katal, Keruing rengas, Manuk-manuk, Punit-punit, Takaliu, Telutu, Turug pau.