Meyna spinosa (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
List of species

Meyna spinosa Roxb. ex Link

Family: Rubiaceae


  • Vangueria spinosa Roxb.

Vernacular names

  • False thorn-randa (En)
  • Penisular Malaysia: duri timun tahil.


India, Thailand, southern China, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia (Java).


The fruit is said to be edible.


  • A straggling thorny bush or treelet, up to 5 m tall.
  • Fruit a subglobose berry, ca. 2 cm diameter, yellow, in clusters along the branches.

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.
  • Corner, E.J.H., 1965. Check-list of Ficus in Asia and Australasia with keys to identification. The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 21: 1-186.


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