Fissistigma fulgens (Hook.f. & Thomson) Merr.

Fissistigma fulgens (Hook.f. & Thomson) Merr.




Melodorum fulgens Hook.f. & Thomson.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Akar larak, akar salah hutan, akar sengolok (Peninsular).

Geographical Distributions

It can be found from Southern Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines.


F. fulgens is a large liana. The leaves are oblong-lance-shaped with a size of 7.5-15 cm x 3-5 cm and with indistinct tertiary venation below. The outer orange petals are 1-1.5 cm long. This monocarp has a spherical to oblong fruit. It is 3-4 cm long with about 2 cm long stalk, which is tawny and densely covered with short soft hairs.

Ecology / Cultivation

F. fulgens is locally common, e.g. in southern Peninsular Malaysia; it often occurs in forest edges (1) .

Line Drawing / Photograph




  1. View Abstract: R.H.M.J. Lemmens and N. Bunyapraphatsara (Editors). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. 2003.