Lepisanthes amoena (Hassk.) Leenh., Blumea 17 (1969)

Latin for 'lovely'.

Capura spectabilis (Blume) Teijsm. & Binn.
Melicocca amoena Hassk.
Otolepis amoena (Hassk.) Kuntze
Otolepis cordigera (Radlk.) Kuntze
Otolepis imbricata (Blume) Kuntze
Otolepis pubescens (Blume) Kuntze
Otolepis spectabilis (Blume) Kuntze
Otophora amoena (Hassk.) Blume
Otophora confinis Blume
Otophora cordigera Radlk.
Otophora imbricata Blume
Otophora pubescens Blume
Otophora spectabilis Blume
Otophora spectabilis var. pubicosta Blume
Otophora styligera Radlk.
Schleichera amoena (Hassk.) Walp.

Shrub up to 10 m tall and 15 cm dbh. Stipules absent, but large leaf-like pseudo-stipules present (i.e. they are attached to the leaf base, not to the twig). Leaves alternate, compound, leaflets penni-veined, hairy to glabrous, often with slightly cordate base. Flowers ca. 6 mm diameter, white-yellow-red, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 23 mm diameter, yellow-red-brown, drupes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga, swamp and sub-montane forests up to 1200 m altitude. No clear habitat preference, found on alluvial sites, along rivers and streams, on hillsides and ridges. On sandy to clay soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Ornamental tree. The bark and young leaves are used to treat ulcers. The fruits are edible. The wood is very hard.

Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (throughout the island).

Local names
Borneo: Buah matahari, Kalansua, Songbum.
Indonesia: buah sobo (Palembang), kelampa sowa (Malay), langir (Sundanese).
Malaysia: kayu mata hari.