Limacia scandens Lour.

Limacia scandens Lour.




Limacia velutina Hook.f. & Thomson.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Akar minyak, akar kuning, akar kunyit-kunyit (Peninsular).
Vietnam M[eef] g[af], m[oof]ng g[af].

Geographical Distributions

This plant occurs in Southern Burma (Myanmar), southern Indo-China, southern Thailand, western Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, western Borneo and the Philippines; perhaps also Java.


L. scandens is a liana where its branchlets, petioles and inflorescences are yellowish to golden-brown and covered with short soft hairs.

The leaves are elliptical to ovate-elliptical or obovate-elliptical, 7-17 cm x 3-8 cm. The petiole is 1-3 cm long.

Inflorescence is a peduncled congested cyme, which is less than 3 cm long.

The drupes are obliquely obovoid and 20-25 mm long.

Ecology / Cultivation

L. scandens occurs in secondary lowland forest and regrowth, sometimes also in primary swamp forest.

Line Drawing / Photograph



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