Uvaria littoralis (PROSEA)

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Uvaria littoralis (Blume) Blume

Family: Annonaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: pepisang (Lampung), kalak (Sunda), oyod kalah (Java).


Endemic in Indonesia.


The fruits are edible, sweetish. On Sumatra the stem is used like rope.


  • Woody climber, 2-4 m long.
  • Leaves up to 30 cm × 12 cm.
  • Flowers red to dark brown.
  • Fruit composed of 5-50 distinct carpels (fruitlets); fruitlet berry-like, globose to cylindrical, up to 2.5 cm long.

In lowlands in hedges, thickets and teak forests.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • 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.


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