Lepisanthes alata (PROSEA)

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Lepisanthes alata (Blume) Leenh.

Family: Sapindaceae


  • Otophora alata Blume.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: cereme landa, ki angir (Sundanese), blimbing cina (Javanese)
  • Malaysia: perupok.


Peninsular Malaysia, Java, Borneo, the Philippines. Occasionally also cultivated.


The fruits are edible.


  • Tree, up to 10 m tall, monoecious.
  • Leaves with 8-12 leaflets.
  • Inflorescences up to 55 cm long.
  • Fruit a globose berry, 2.5 cm in diameter, purple, with 1-4 seeds; endocarp often separating and forming an arillode.

In forests up to 500 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.
  • Leenhouts, P.W., 1969. A revision of Lepisanthes (Sapindaceae). Blumea 17: 33-91.


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