Cheilosa malayana (PROSEA)

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Cheilosa malayana (Hook.f.) Corner ex Airy Shaw

Family: Euphorbiaceae


  • Baccaurea malayana King ex Hook.f.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: gurak gatuk (Kalimantan), bua tampoi (Sumatra)
  • Peninsular Malaysia: tampoi, tampul, tempuni.


Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra, occasionally also cultivated.


The fruits are edible, and are also used to prepare an alcoholic drink. The timber is durable but liable to split and is used for posts.


  • Tree, up to 25 m tall.
  • Leaves elliptic-oblong, up to 25 cm × 10 cm.
  • Panicles spike-like, slender, 8 cm long, solitary or fascicled on the branches; fruiting racemes short.
  • Fruit an ellipsoid capsule, up to 5 cm long, dehiscent, pale green to yellow, with white flesh, pericarp thick, woody.

In forests up to 500 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Airy Shaw, H.K., 1981. The Euphorbiaceae of Sumatra. Kew Bulletin 36: 239-374.
  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Ridley, H.N., 1922-1925. The Flora of the Malay Peninsula. 5 Volumes. Government of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States. L. Reeve & Co., London.


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