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Hanguana neglecta

Family Name: Hanguanaceae
Semi Shade Moderate Water Native to Singapore Herbaceous Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Endangered (EN))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a herbaceous plant up to 0.8 m tall.
Foliage Leaves are long and spreading, measuring up to 80 cm long. The leaf blades are up to 35-68 cm long and narrowly elliptic.
Fruits Its fruit are single-seeded berries, about 0.6-0.7 cm in diameter, ripening from bright green to red brown and then black. The berry contains brown juice.
Habitat It occurs in primary forest on slopes and near streams.
Etymology The specific epithet 'neglecta' reflects that this species was neglected in the sense that a valid species description was published in a scientific journal about 15 years after it was first identified.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Fruits
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Black
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Few (1-5)

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Master ID 33367
Species ID 7781
Flora Disclaimer 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.
Species record last updated on: 15 August 2022.