Hornstedtia tomentosa (PROSEA)

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Hornstedtia tomentosa (Blume) Bakh.f.

Family: Zingiberaceae


  • Hornstedtia villosa (Teysm. & Binnend.) Valeton.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: pining totot (Sundanese).


Indonesia (Java, Sumatra), Malaysia (Sarawak).


Seed clusters are eaten raw or candied.


  • Robust perennial rhizomatous herb, up to 6.5 m tall.
  • Leaves lanceolate, 70 cm × 15 cm.
  • Fruit berry-like, obovoid-trigonous, 2 cm diameter, crowned by 3-ribbed calyx, pale orange.

In lowland rain forests.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Smith, R.M., 1985-1986. A review of Bornean Zingiberaceae 1 & 2. Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 42: 261-314, 43: 439-466.
  • 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