Nephelium meduseum (PROSEA)

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Nephelium meduseum Leenh.

Family: Sapindaceae


Endemic to Borneo (Brunei, Sarawak, Kalimantan).


The sarcotesta around the seed is edible, sweet.


  • Tree, up to 21 m tall with trunk diameter 40 cm and buttresses up to 1.20 m tall.
  • Leaves 2-5-jugate.
  • Fruit an ellipsoid to subglobose capsule, 3-4 cm × 2.5-3 cm, fulvous puberulous, densely set with filiform curled 15 mm long appendages, yellow to red.

In primary forest on elevations of yellow sandy clay, up to 450 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Leenhouts, P.W., 1986. A taxonomic revision of Nephelium (Sapindaceae). Blumea 31: 373-436.


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