Allophylus macrostachys (PROSEA)

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Allophylus macrostachys Radlk.

Family: Sapindaceae

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: bignai-baker (Ilokano), barotangol (Negrito), lingo-lingo (Pangasinan).


Endemic to the Philippines.


The fruits are edible.


  • Shrub or tree with trifoliolate leaves; leaflets obovately-oblong.
  • Inflorescences in spikes with white flowers.
  • Fruit a subglobose berry.

In secondary and open primary forests at low altitudes. Identity not yet clear.

Selected sources

  • Leenhouts, P.W., 1968. A conspectus of the genus Allophylus (Sapindaceae). Blumea 15: 301 358.
  • Merrill, E.D., 1923 1925. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. 4 Volumes. Government of the Philippine Islands, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Printing, Manila.
  • Monsalud, M.R., Tongacan, A.L., Lopez, F.R. & Lagrimas, M.Q., 1966. Edible wild plants in Philippine forests. The Philippine Journal of Science 95: 431 561.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen