Lepisanthes fruticosa (PROSEA)

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Lepisanthes fruticosa (Roxb.) Leenh.

Family: Sapindaceae


  • Otophora cambodiana Pierre,
  • Otophora fruticosa Blume,
  • Otophora resecta Radlk..

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: mojowontu
  • Malaysia: setengok
  • Philippines: linaunau (Tagalog), buli-buli (Bisaya), ara (Ibanag)
  • Cambodia kândâk
  • Laos: hwàd khaaz
  • Thailand: chammaliang, phumriang (central), mathao (north).


Malesia (not in New Guinea), Burma, Thailand, Indo-China. It is occasionally cultivated.


The seeds are eaten roasted. The root is used in a compound poultice to relieve itching.


  • Shrub or tree, up to 10 m tall, exceptionally a liana.
  • Leaves usually paripinnate, 1-14-jugate.
  • Fruit a subglobose to ellipsoid berry, up to 4 cm in diameter, dark red to black.
  • Seed subglobose to semi-ellipsoid, flattened on one side, up to ca. 2 cm diameter.

In thickets at low elevations.

Selected sources

  • 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.
  • Leenhouts, P.W., 1969. A revision of Lepisanthes (Sapindaceae). Blumea 17: 33-91.
  • Merrill, E.D., 1923 1925. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. 4 Volumes. Government of the Philippine Islands, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Printing, Manila.


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