Thottea corymbosa (Griff.) Ding Hou

Thottea corymbosa (Griff.) Ding Hou




Bragantia corymbosa Griff., Apama corymbosa (Griff.) Willd. ex Soler.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia akar julang bukit, akar chambai olar, andor lasi.
Indonesia bandar puluh, andor lasi (Sumatra), kadudu timbu (Asahan).

Geographical Distributions

Thottea corymbosa is distributed throughout peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Kalimantan.


T. corymbosais a spreading shrub, up to measure 5 m tall and hairy.

The leaves are ovate to lance-shaped, elliptical to elliptical-oblong in shape, with a size of measure about 6.5-17.5 cm x 2.5-8.5 cm, cuspidate or long acuminate apex, almost hairless above, hairy beneath, with 2 pair of basal veins where the inner one is as prominent as the midrib (appearing as 3-ribbed) and it is joined by almost parallel and transverse veins.

The inflorescence is terminal and/or axillary in the upper leaves, paniculiform or corymbose and up to measure 10 cm long. The perianth is measure about 3-3.5 mm long and measure 7 mm in diametre when spreading. It is yellow, greenish or cream coloured outside and pale lilac inside. It is densely pubescent outside, hairless inside, invisible veins, broadly ovate lobes and with a size of measure about 2.5-3 mm x 2.5-3.5 mm. The 7-10 stamens are in 1 whorl, absent filaments, obscure style column, 4 lobes 4 and smooth.

The capsule is slender and up to measure 38 cm long.

Ecology / Cultivation

T. corymbosa occurs widely distributed but scattered in forest, sometimes on limestone, from sea-level up to 1050 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph



    1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12 (2): Medicinal and poisonous plants.