Glenniea philippinensis (PROSEA)

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Glenniea philippinensis (Radlk.) Leenh.

Family: Sapindaceae


  • Hedyachras philippinensis Radlk.,
  • Crossonephelis philippinensis (Radlk.) Leenh.

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: malachico, mamoko (Tagalog).


Rare species, only known from Borneo (Sabah), some localities in the Philippines (Luzon, Panay, Dinagat Islands), one from Thailand (Chantaburi) and one from Vietnam (Lang-Co).


The fruits are edible but astringent. The wood is said to be suitable for furniture and woodcarving.


  • Monoecious tree, up to 18 m tall, trunk up to 40 cm diameter.
  • Leaves (1-)4-6-jugate, leaflets 4-6 pairs.
  • Fruit a pear-shaped drupe, about 7 cm diameter, yellow to red, with fleshy pericarp and two seeds.

In thickets and forests along creeks and streams at low altitudes, flowering June-September, fruiting May-December.

Selected sources

  • Brown, W.H., 1951-1957. Useful plants of the Philippines. Reprint of the 1941-1943 ed. 3 Volumes. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Technical Bulletin 10. Bureau of Printing, Manila, the Philippines.
  • Leenhouts, P.W., 1973. A revision of Crossonephelis (Sapindaceae). Blumea 21: 91-103.


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