Hornstedtia mollis (PROSEA)

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Hornstedtia mollis Valeton

Family: Zingiberaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: pining rajang, pining totot (Sundanese).


Indonesia (Java, Sumatra).


Seed clusters are eaten raw or candied.


  • Robust perennial herb, up to 4 m tall.
  • Leaves lanceolate, 32-63 cm × 7-15 cm.
  • Fruit berry-like, ellipsoidal, 3 cm × 1.5 cm.
  • Seeds broadly ovoid, ca. 3 mm diameter.

In forest vegetation up to 1000 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Valeton, Th., 1921. Hornstedtia Retz. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique, Buitenzorg, Série 3, Vol. 3: 150-179.


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