Mengkudu Hutan


Common Name
Mengkudu Hutan
Scientific Name
Morinda sp.
Growth Form and Foliage
  • Grows up to 8m tall.
  • Leaves are opposite, stalked leaves have thin, leathery blades that are usually narrowly oblong or oval to lance-shaped, dark green above, green below, 8.9 - 13 by 2.5 - 3.4 cm, and have 5 - 6 pairs of veins.
Its flowers have white, bell-shaped petals that are covered with woolly hair on the inside and tips. The flowers are arranged in clusters at the end of flowering branches.
Its fruits are arranged in round to oblong, red, 1 cm wide infructescences.
t grows in inland forests and coastal habitats.
Ethnobotanical features
  • Edible ripe fruits can be eaten raw.
  • Unriped fruits are used in curries.
  • Medicinal: Boiled roots are applied to treat dropsy and a decoction of the leaves and roots are used to expel parasitic worms from the body.
  • Roots are used to make yellow dye.
  • The tough stems can be used as rough ropes.

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