Salacia grandiflora (PROSEA)

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Salacia grandiflora Kurz

Family: Celastraceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: andor solpu (Sumatra)
  • Malaysia: (akar) mempedal ayam, nasi séjuk.


Southern India, Burma, peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Kalimantan).


The sweetish pulp of the fruit is eaten fresh. A decoction from the roots is used after childbirth. The wood, which is not attacked by termites but is also not very durable, is reported to be used in building houses.


  • Liana or scandent shrub.
  • Leaves usually shiny on both surfaces.
  • Fruit an orange-pink drupe with persistent calyx and corolla, 2.5-5 cm long, containing 2 or more seeds.

Grows wild in lowland forests up to 750 m altitude. Often classified in Hippocrateaceae.

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.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.
  • van Steenis, C.G.G.J. et al. (Editors), 1950-. Flora Malesiana. Series 1. Vol. 1, 4-10. Centre for Research and Development in Biology, Bogor, Indonesia, and Rijksherbarium, Leiden, the Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London.


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