Polyalthia suberosa (PROSEA)

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Polyalthia suberosa (Roxb.) Thwaites

Protologue: Enum. pl. zeyl. 5: 398 (1864).

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: duhat-matsing, baling-manok (Tagalog), munat (Iloko)
  • Thailand: klueng klom (Ratchaburi), ching klom (peninsular), phak cham (northern)
  • Vietnam: quần dầu vỏ sốp.


Eastern and southern India, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, southern China (Hainan), Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and the Philippines.


In the Philippines a decoction of fresh roots is used as an abortifacient. The fruits are edible.


A shrub up to 4 m tall, twigs densely fulvous pubescent when young, becoming glabrescent; leaves oblong to narrowly obovate or oblong-lanceolate, 2-11 cm × 1-3.5 cm, rounded or truncate and asymmetrical at base, membranous, petiole 1-4 mm long; flowers solitary, usually extra-axillary, sometimes leaf-opposed, petals elliptical to oblong, up to 0.6 cm long, yellowish-green, mostly suffused with purple; monocarps subglobose, c. 5 mm in diameter, blackish when ripe, stalk up to 1 cm long, 1-2-seeded. P. suberosa occurs in lowland forest and thickets.

Selected sources

173, 545, 760, 782, 860, 937.

Main genus page


R.H.M.J. Lemmens