Salacia ovalis (PROSEA)

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Salacia ovalis Korth.

Family: Celastraceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: akar pelanduk (Malay), gurach batu (Asahan, Sumatra)
  • Philippines: matang olang (Tagalog).


Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Moluccas), the Philippines.


Pulp of fruits is edible.


  • Liana up to 12 m long.
  • Fruit a subglobose drupe, diameter 2-3 cm, 1-2 seeded.

Occurs in thickets and forests from lowland up to 1200 m altitude, also found on beaches. Often classified in Hippocrateaceae.

Selected sources

  • 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