Breynia discigera Müll. Arg.

Breynia discigera Müll. Arg.




B. rhamnoides (Blume) Müll. Arg. var. pubescens (Müll. Arg.) Müll. Arg.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Katut selayer, saga monyit, semelit jekok.

Geographical Distributions

Peninsular Thailand southwards to Singapore and Sumatra.


Breynia discigera is a shrub or treelet, measuring up to 2 m tall and hairy all over.

The leaves are ovate to elliptical, with a size of measuring 1.3-3.8 cm x 0.8-2 cm, 1.6-1.9 of length width ratio, acute base, acute apex, recurved margin, coriaceous, dark green above, very light pale green beneath, The petiole long is measure 1-2 mm while the stipules are measure 1.5-2 mm long.

The staminate flowers are about 1.5 mm in diametre. The pedicel is measure about 0.5 mm long, with dull pinkish-white sepal, which is measuring about 1.7 mm x 1.5 mm, very thick, measure about 0.3-0.4 mm long lobes, with about 1 mm high androphore while the anthers are measure about 0.8 mm long. The pistillate flowers are measuring 4-5 mm in diametre, measure about 1.5 mm long pedicel, sepal is measure about 2.1-2.8 mm long and dull pinkish-white in colour. The lobes are measure 1.5-2.2 mm wide, only hairy outside while the ovary is measure about 1 mm x 1.3 mm in diametre and apically lobed. The stigmas are measure about 0.2 mm long, not unite, not split and pointing towards each other.

The red fruit is measure about 7 mm x 6.5 mm and with small apical crown.

The orange seed is measure about 4 mm x 2 mm x 2 mm.

Ecology / Cultivation

B. discigera is found in open thickets and margins of secondary forest at 30-300 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph



    1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12 (2): Medicinal and poisonous plants.