Microcos philippinensis (PROSEA)

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Microcos philippinensis (Perkins) Burret

Family: Tiliaceae


  • Grewia philippinensis Perkins.

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: anakseng (Pangasinan), bagiod, balukok (Tagalog).


Endemic in the Philippines.


The fruits are edible and said to be of good flavour.


  • Small tree with elliptic-oblong pubescent leaves.
  • Fruit an ovate drupe, ca. 2 cm diameter, velvety, yellowish.

In low altitude forests.

Selected sources

  • Brown, W.H., 1951-1957. Useful plants of the Philippines. Reprint of the 1941-1943 ed. 3 Volumes. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Technical Bulletin 10. Bureau of Printing, Manila, the Philippines.
  • 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.
  • Monsalud, M.R., Tongacan, A.L., Lopez, F.R. & Lagrimas, M.Q., 1966. Edible wild plants in Philippine forests. The Philippine Journal of Science 95: 431 561.


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