Pouteria vrieseana (PROSEA)

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Pouteria vrieseana (Pierre ex Burck) Baehni

Protologue: Candollea 9: 336 (1942).


  • Sideroxylon vrieseanum Pierre ex Burck (1886),
  • Planchonella vrieseana (Pierre ex Burck) Dubard (1912),
  • Xantolis vrieseana (Pierre ex Burck) Baehni (1965).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: mopin, litoko, singanatan (Moluccas).


The Moluccas.


The timber is used as nyatoh for planks and beams.


  • A fairly large tree up to 36 m tall, with columnar, straight bole up to 55 cm in diameter, buttressed.
  • Leaves evenly distributed, obovate, with distinct transverse tertiary venation, initially ferruginously woolly, but glabrescent, first above, later also beneath.
  • Flowers in many-flowered clusters, borne on slender pedicles 20-45 mm long, reddish.
  • Fruit ellipsoid, 5.5-6.5 cm long, ferruginously puberulous, reddish-brown.

P. vrieseana is closely related to P. kaernbachiana and P. anteridifera from New Guinea. It is found in lowland rain forest. The wood is yellowish-white, rather soft, and not durable when exposed to the weather or soil.

Selected sources

36, 318, 732.

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