Kibatalia arborea

Kibatalia arborea




Hasseltia arborea Blume, Kickxia arborea (Blume) Blume, Tabernaemontana ovalis Miq.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Jelutong beruang, tamadak (Peninsular).
Indonesia Lingorumbolia (Sulawesi, Malibi).
Thailand Ba du bu wae (Peninsular).

Geographical Distributions

Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah) and the Philippines (Palawan).


It is a big tree up to 45(-65) m tall.

The leaves are elliptical to obovate, 10-26(-35) cm x (5-)8-13 cm, with 15-60 colleters in the leaf axils.

The inflorescence is 1-12-flowered, cymose cluster and sepals shortly united, with 70-100 colleters inside. The petal is variable with the lobes 0.2-2.2 times as long as the tube.

The fruit  consists of 2 parallel-divergent separate parts of the fruit that is very narrowly ellipsoid to very narrowly club-shaped  sized between 25-35 cm x 1-2.5 cm.

Ecology / Cultivation

K. arborea is found in lowland forest, often on stream banks and steep slopes up to 500 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph



  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No 12(2). 1998, Unesco.