Microcos stylocarpa (PROSEA)

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Microcos stylocarpa (Warb.) Burret

Family: Tiliaceae


  • Grewia stylocarpa Warb.,
  • Microcos havilandii Ridley

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: kamuling (Tagalog), aporong (Bikol), pulit (Iloko), namot (Iloko), porong (Mindoro).
  • Brunei: damak damak
  • Malaysia: damak damak (Sarawak), kerudong (Sungei, Sarawak)


The Philippines, Borneo.


The fruit pulp is edible and of good flavour. The wood is used for the manufacture of household utensils and agricultural implements.


  • Tree, up to 15 m tall and 30 cm in diameter.
  • Leaves lanceolate to oblong, 12-18(-25) cm × 5 cm.
  • Fruit an obovoid drupe, 2-3 cm long, yellow.

In forests at low and medium altitudes. Common in the Philippines. The fruits are quite rich in iron and calcium.

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.
  • Guide to Philippine Flora and Fauna, (various editors), 1986. Vol. 1-4. Natural Resources Management Center, Ministry of Natural Resources & University of the Philippines, 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.


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