Aglaia rimosa (PROSEA)

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Aglaia rimosa (Blanco) Merr.

Protologue: Sp. Blanc.: 212 (1918).


  • Aglaia llanosiana C.DC. (1878),
  • Aglaia goebeliana Warb. (1891),
  • Aglaia elliptifolia Merr. (1909),
  • Aglaia lanceolata Merr. (1910),
  • Aglaia subviridis Elmer ex Merr. (1923).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: hitang mararu (Moluccas), mansaambra (Biak, Irian Jaya)
  • Papua New Guinea: chokere’n (Plitty, Manus Province)
  • Philippines: bayanti (Tagalog), botgo (Bikol, Tagalog), gasatin (Iloko).


Taiwan, the Philippines, Sulawesi, the Moluccas, New Guinea, New Britain and New Ireland.


In Papua New Guinea, the scraped bark is boiled in water and the decoction drunk daily by patients with a badly swollen stomach. A. rimosa is a potential source of compounds with anticancer properties. The wood is used for house construction.


  • A shrub to medium-sized tree up to 30 m tall, bole up to 50 cm in diameter, buttresses up to 50 cm high, bark surface dark brown to greenish-grey, inner bark pink to dull red.
  • Leaflets (3-)9-11(-15), subopposite, sometimes alternate, with 7-17(-20) pairs of secondary veins, above glossy and often rugulose, sometimes pitted and glabrescent, below sometimes pitted and with few to numerous radiating peltate scales with a dark orange-brown or dark reddish-brown centre and a paler, entire to ragged margin, sometimes interspersed with few darker scales.
  • Calyx with (4-)5 lobes, petals 4-5, anthers 5, rarely 6, style-head broadly ovoid or subglobose, with 2 small apical lobes.
  • Fruit indehiscent, 2-locular.

A. rimosa is locally common in secondary forest, along rivers and along the coast, on sandy clay or limestone, up to 1350 m altitude.

Selected sources

330, 414, 481, 544. timbers

247, 492, 541, 1012. medicinals

Main genus page


  • Sri Hayati Widodo