Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Tree (Small (6m-15m))
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|New Guinea, northern Australia
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Local Conservation Status
|Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
Description and Ethnobotany
|A small sized tree up to 10 m in height.
|The opposite leaves are simple, ovate-elliptical, measuring 6-11 cm long and 3-6 cm wide. Upperside of the leaf (adaxial surface) is dark-green and the underside (abaxial surface) is paler. The midrib is prominent while the lateral veins are not obvious. Young flushes are pink or red in colour.
|Flowers are borne in clusters. The individual blossom is small with numerous, prominent, creamy-yellow stamens.
|Fruits are globose to depressed globose, with four persistent calyx lobes at the bottom. Fruits are about 1-2 cm in diameter, turning to pink or bright red when ripe.
|An understory tree in forest, up to 450 m altitude.
|Edible Plant Parts : Edible Fruits
Food (Fruit & Vegetable): Fruits can be used to make jams and drinks.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Fruits
|Parks & Gardens
Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal
|Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna
|Bird Attracting (Fruits)
Plant Care and Propagation
|Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Prominent Young Flush Colour(s)
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Foliar Arrangement Along Stem
|Yellow / Golden
|Cluster / Inflorescence
Fruit, Seed and Spore
|Mature Fruit Colour(s)
|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.