Common Name
Scientific Name
Calophyllum sp.
Growth Form and Foliage
  • It is a tree, up to 30 m tall.
  • The leaves are oval shaped, 8 - 15 cm long and 8 cm wide. The petiole is about 1 - 2 cm long.
  • The inflorescence is 5 - 10 cm long and occurs at the axis (axillary).
  • Each inflorescence consists of 5 - 15 white flowers with 40 - 250 yellow stamens and globose ovary.
  • The flowers are reportedly sweet-scented but the fragrance only lasts for a day.
The fruit is round (2 - 4 cm in diameter) and contains one seed within.
The tree is found in rocky and sandy shores, as well as coastal forests.
Ethnobotanical features
  • Food (herb and spice).
  • It has many local uses as a source of dye, oil, timber and medicine.
  • The timber is strong and durable, so it is used in bridge construction, boat building and furniture making.
  • In Java, the oil extracted from the seeds is used along with the latex to dye batik cloth.
  • Almost all parts of the plant are used for many medicinal uses due the presence of saponins and hydrocyanic acid.

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