Homalomena sagittifolia Jungh. ex Schott

Homalomena sagittifolia Jungh. ex Schott





Vernacular Names

Malaysia Kelemoyang, kemoyang, semunyong (Peninsular).
Thailand Bon som (Pattani).

Geographical Distributions

Its distribution is throughout Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and northern Borneo.


This is a fairly large herb, which can grow up to 60 cm tall. The stem is erect, stout and it is up to 5 cm in diametre while the vegetative parts are strongly aromatic.

Leaves are ovate-arrowhead-shaped with spreading lobes, up to 30 cm long. The spathe is up to 10 cm long and constricted in upper part, greenish-white or white, often tinged pink at apex while the spadix is slightly shorter than spathe.

Ecology / Cultivation

H. sagittifolia is a variable species in which several varieties can be distinguished. It occurs in lowland forest and is locally common.

Line Drawing / Photograph



  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.