Spondias philippinensis (PROSEA)

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Spondias philippinensis (Elmer) Airy Shaw & Forman

Family: Anacardiaceae


  • Solenocarpus philippinensis (Elmer) Kosterm.

Vernacular names

  • Brunei: kaya ala (Iban)
  • Malaysia: basisihan (Sabah), rorsa rorsa (Sarawak).


Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines.


The fruits are edible but sour.


  • Hemi-epiphytic liana, up to 30 m long and 7 cm diameter, or shrub or small tree, up to 12 m tall.
  • Fruit an oblongoid drupe, about 1 cm × 0.5 cm, yellow.

In primary forest.

Selected sources

  • 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