Sindora javanica (PROSEA)

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Sindora javanica (Koord. & Valeton) Backer ex K. Heyne

Protologue: Nutt. pl. Ned. Ind., ed. 2: 728 (1927).


  • Sindora sumatrana Miq. var. javanica Koord. & Valeton (1895).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: uku aka, samparantu (Sundanese, Java).


Western and central Java.


The timber is occasionally used as sepetir. The wood-oil was formerly used for illumination.


  • A medium-sized to fairly large tree up to 35 m tall with a straight, columnar bole branchless up to 20 m and up to 70 cm in diameter.
  • Leaves with 8-10 leaflets, leaflets 3.5-14.5 cm × 2-6.5 cm, leathery and sparsely puberulous beneath.
  • Flowers with 6-9 mm long puberulous calyx lobes lacking spines.
  • Pod elliptical to suborbicular, up to 8.5 cm long, with many short, resinous spines with a swollen base.

S. javanica is an uncommon species of poor, sandy or stony soils in forest below 500 m altitude. The timber is often decoratively streaked.

Selected sources

35, 145, 186, 318, 319.

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