Microcos latifolia (PROSEA)

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Microcos latifolia (Masters) Burret

Family: Tiliaceae


  • Grewia latifolia Masters.

Vernacular names

  • Peninsular Malaysia: cenderai gajah, damak-damak bulu, tajam damak.


India, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore.


The fruits are edible and in Malaysia they are used in curries and chutneys.


  • Shrubby tree, 7-13 m tall, branchlets tomentose.
  • Leaves broad-elliptic, 15-22 cm × 9-12 cm, stellate-pubescent beneath.
  • Fruit an obovoid drupe, ca. 2 cm × 1.5 cm, yellow, sparsely pubescent.

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.
  • Ridley, H.N., 1922-1925. The Flora of the Malay Peninsula. 5 Volumes. Government of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States. L. Reeve & Co., London.


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