Stelechocarpus burahol (Blume) Hook.f. & Thomson

Last updated: 27 Aug 2015

Scientific Name

Stelechocarpus burahol (Blume) Hook.f. & Thomson


Stelechocarpus burahol var. longiflorus Scheff., Uvaria burahol Blume [1]

Vernacular Name

English Kepel [2], keppel apple,kepple fruit, keppel tree [3]
Indonesia Kepel (Malay, Javanese); burahol (Sundanese); kecindul (Javanese) [2][3]
France Kepel [2].

Geographical Distributions

Stelechocarpus burahol is found in Southeast Asia, throughout Malaysia as far as the Solomons. However it is a recent introduction in the Philippines and Australia. Cultivation seems to be limited to Java. [2]

S. burahol occurs wild on deep, moist clay soils in secondary forests in Java. It is cultivated as a fruit tree at elevations up to 600 m, and fruits at 18°S in Queensland. It grows well among bamboo clumps where other trees would not be able to compete. [2]

Botanical Description

S. burahol is a member of the Annonaceae family. It is an erect and evergreen tree which can reach up to 25 m tall. Its trunk is up to 40 cm in diametre. It is dark grey-brown to black and characteristically covered with numerous thick tubercles. [2]

The leaves are elliptic-oblong to ovate-lance-shaped, measuring 12-27 cm x 5-9 cm, dark green, hairless and thin leathery. The petiole is up to 1.5 cm long. [2]

The flowers are unisexual, green turning whitish and fascicled on tubercles. The male flowers are on the upper trunk and the older branches, 8-16 together and up to 1 cm in diametre. The female flowers are only on the lower part of the trunk and up to 3 cm in diametre. [2]

The fruit is with 1-13 berry-like and ripe carpels while the fruit stalk is up to 8 cm long. The ripe carpels are almost spherical, brownish and 5-6 cm in diametre. The pericarp is brown, juicy and edible. There are 4-6 seeds which are ellipsoid and about 3 cm long. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


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


  1. The Plant List.  Ver1.1. Stelechocarpus burahol (Blume) Hook.f. & Thomson [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Aug 18]. Available from:
  2. Sunarto AT. Stelechocarpus burahol (Blume) Hook.f. & Thomson In: Verheij EWM, Coronel RE, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 2: Edible fruits and nuts. Wageningen, Netherlands: Pudoc , 1991; p. 290-291.
  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. 393.