Aidia racemosa (PROSEA)

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Aidia racemosa (Cav.) Tirveng.

Protologue: Tirveng. & Sastre, Bull. Mus. Nation. Hist. Nat., B, Adansonia, 4e sér., 8: 262 (1986).


Randia racemosa (Cav.) Fern.-Vill. (1880), Aidia spicata (Valeton) Tirveng. (1986), Randia cochinchinensis auct. non (Lour.) Merr.

Vernacular names

  • Malaysia: jarum-jarum, geruseh, mata ular (Peninsular)
  • Philippines: susulin (Tagalog), dolo (Tagbanua), uring (Kuyonon).


China (Hainan), peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Java, Christmas Island, the Lesser Sunda Islands, the Philippines, Sulawesi, the Moluccas, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia.


In Malaysia a decoction of the roots has been used to cure bowel complaints. In the Philippines, the bark has reputedly been applied as a febrifuge, especially in agues. The timber is used for house construction, walking sticks and handles of implements.


A small to medium-sized tree up to 15(-25) m tall; leaves glabrous; inflorescence cincinnoid, flowers on ultimate branches basically one at each inflorescence node, axis with numerous bracts, pedicels more or less glabrous, filaments glabrous; fruit subglobose, 4-8 mm in diameter. A. racemosa occurs both in primary and secondary forest; in Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Java apparently it is restricted to limestone.

Selected sources

121, 760, 791.

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