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Desmos chinensis Lour.

Desmos chinensis Lour.





Vernacular Names

Malaysia Akar pisang-pisang, kenanga hutan, akar darah (Peninsular).
Philippines Ilang-ilang gubat (Tagalog).
Thailand Kluai khruea (Saraburi), khruea khao klaep (Loei),saao yut (Central, Peninsular).
Vietnam Hoo gi[er] th[ow]m, n[oos]i c[oo]i.

Geographical Distributions

Its distribution is throughout Nepal, Eastern India, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, southern China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines.


This is a climbing shrub with straggling branches, up to 5 m tall.

The leaves are oblong to lance-shaped, 5.5-25 cm x 2.5-7.5 cm and membranous.

The flowers are greenish-yellow. The 0.5-1 cm long sepals are ovate-lance-shaped. Petals are oblong-lance-shaped, with a size of 4-13 cm long. Ripe carpels are with 1-7 segments that are black and shining.

Ecology / Cultivation

D. chinensis occurs in open locations and borders of lowland forest. It is also found in living fences and brushwood, up to 600 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph


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