Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|Tropical Africa, Madagascar, India, Myanmar and South East Asia.
|Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest, Grassland / Savannah/ Scrubland)
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Local Conservation Status
|Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
Description and Ethnobotany
|A tree, it can grow up to 10m in height and can be cultivated as a shrub.
|The leaves are pinnately compound and have obovate stipules. The young leaves are reddish-green in colour and turn to green as the leaves mature. The leaflets are elliptic to lance shaped and have a rounded base with a caudate apex and a dentate margin.
|The flowers are borne on a cyme and are red to reddish-orange in colour.
|The fruits comes in the form of red berries when mature.
|It grows in forests and shrublands in its native range.
|Its flowers are pollinated by insects and butterflies. Fruits are eaten by birds.
|It can be propagated by seed or stem cutting.
|Latin Leea, a name for tropical small trees or shrubs named for James Lee (1715–1795), who was a nurseryman; Latin guineensis, from West Africa (Guinea Coast), referring to one of the countries within its natural distribution range.
|It is suitable for landscaping in gardens and parks.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal
|Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna
|Bird Attracting, Butterfly Food Plant
|Seed or Spore Dispersal
Plant Care and Propagation
|Plant Growth Rate
|Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
|Seed, Stem Cutting
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Prominent Young Flush Colour(s)
|Foliar Arrangement Along Stem
|Foliar Attachment to Stem
|Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate, Elliptical)
|Pinnate / Net
|Foliar Apex - Tip
|Rounded / Obtuse
|Flower & Plant Sexuality
|Cluster / Inflorescence
Fruit, Seed and Spore
|Fleshy Fruit , Non-Accessory Fruit
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.