Champereia manillana (Blume) Merrill

Champereia manillana (Blume) Merrill




C. griffithii Planchon ex Kurz.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Chemperai, belkan.
English False olive.
Indonesia Sayor garing (the Moluccas), cemperai.
Philippines Garimo, liyong-liyong (Tagalog), panalayapen (Ilocano).
Thailand Phakwan, phak puem, sen.

Geographical Distributions

Throughout southeast Asia, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Taiwan.



Champereia manillana is a gynodioecious shrub to small tree and it can grow up to measure 4-10 m tall.

The leaves are very variable in form and size, ovate, oblong or lance-shaped and with a size of measuring 4.5-25 cm x 1.5-11 cm.

The inflorescence is a panicle with greenish flowers.

The orange-red fruit is a drupe, ellipsoid in shape and with a size of measuring 0.8-1.5 cm x 0.7-0.9 cm.


Ecology / Cultivation

C. manillana is found in primary and secondary open evergreen forest and in dry monsoon forest, usually not above 900 m altitude.


Line Drawing / Photograph



    1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 8: Vegetables.