Dasymaschalon blumei Finet & Gagnep.

Dasymaschalon blumei Finet & Gagnep.




Desmos dasymaschalus (Blume) Safford

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Kenanga hutan, kenanga paya, larak api (Peninsular).
Thailand Buu ngong (Bangkok).

Geographical Distributions

This plant can be found from Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Western Java to Northern Borneo (Sarawak).


This is a bushy shrub, which grows up to 8 m tall. It sometimes develops some climbing branches.

The leaves are elliptical-oblong to oblong-lance-shape with a size of 8-22 cm x 4-8.5 cm.

The flowers are cream-coloured. The 3-5 mm long sepals are triangular while the ovate petals are 4-13 cm long.

The ripe carpels are with (1-)2-6(-7) distinct segments. They are bright red with waxy bloom.

Ecology / Cultivation

D. blumei occurs in lowland forest, and is locally common (e.g. in Peninsular Malaysia) but elsewhere rare (e.g. in Java).

Line Drawing / Photograph



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