Mischocarpus pentapetalus (PROSEA)

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Mischocarpus pentapetalus (Roxb.) Radlk.

Family: Sapindaceae


  • Mischocarpus sumatranus Blume,
  • Mischocarpus fuscescens Blume.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: rambutan pucat (Bahasa), bebak (Javanese)
  • Malaysia: rambutan pacat, bekak, senkuang
  • Philippines: dapil (Tagalog), ambalag (Ilokano), baliang-baliang (Negrito)
  • Thailand: phabang (Khin-Nan).


From India through Indo-China to China and throughout Malesia (New Guinea excepted).


The fruit is edible.


  • Shrub or tree, up to 15(-25) m tall.
  • Leaves with 2-12 leaflets.
  • Inflorescence up to 40 cm long.
  • Fruit a subglobose to ellipsoid capsule, up to 3 cm in diameter, reddish, dehiscent.
  • Seed enveloped by a fleshy orange arillode.

In primary and secondary forest, up to 2000 m altitude. Fruiting throughout the year, main period in Java: January-March, the Philippines: March-June.

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.
  • 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.
  • van der Ham, R.W.J.M., 1977. A revision of Mischocarpus (Sapindaceae). Blumea 23: 251-288.


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