Scaphium macropodum (Miq.) Beumée ex K.Heyne

Last updated: 6 August 2015

Scientific Name

Scaphium macropodum (Miq.) Beumée ex K.Heyne


Carpophyllum macropodum Miq., Firmiana borneensis Merr., Scaphium borneense (Merr.) Kosterm., Sterculia macropoda (Miq.) Hook. ex Kloppenb. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Kembang semangkok jantong (Peninsular); kembang semangkok batu (Sabah) [2]; selayar, kembang semangkuk, buah tempayan, boh change (Semang) [3]
Indonesia Kepayang, merpayang (Sumatra); tempayang (Java) [2]
Thailand Phungthalai (Central); samrong (South-eastern) [2].

Geographical Distributions

Scaphium macropodum is found in Cambodia, South-Eastern and Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Bangka and Borneo. [2]

S. macropodum is by far the commonest Scaphium species and is locally abundant on well-drained undulating land and ridges up to 1200 m. [2]

Botanical Description

S. macropodum is a member of the family Sterculiaceae. It is a large tree that can reach up to 45 m tall, with its bole measuring up to 80 cm in diametre, and with large and often spreading buttresses. [2]

The leaves are variable in shape and size. They are broadly ovate, ovate, elliptical, oblong or lance-shaped, measuring (8-)15-25(-40) cm x (1-)7-12(-30) cm, shallowly cordate, truncate, rounded to broadly wedge-shaped at the base, acute or acuminate at the apex and with 6-11 pairs of secondary veins. They are hairless while petiole is up to 15 cm long. [2]

The fruit is up to 22 cm long. The seed is red, smooth, and measures up to 25 mm long. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of S. macropodum [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Scaphium macropodum (Miq.) Beumée ex K.Heyne. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013. [updated 2012 Mar 26; cited 2015 Aug 14]. Available from:
  2. Scaphium macropodum (Miq.) Beumée ex K.Heyne. In: Soerianegara I, Lemmens RHMJ, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 5(1): Timber trees: Major commercial timbers. Wageningen, Netherlands: Pudoc Scientific Publishers; 1993.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms and etymology; Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 326.