Adelia castanicarpa Roxb.
Chaetocarpus pungens Thwaites
Gaedawakka castanocarpa (Roxb.) Kuntze
Regnaldia clutioides Baill.
Photograph by: loupok
Chaetocarpus castanocarpus is sometimes only an evergreen shrub, though more commonly it becomes a large, evergreen tree with a large crown; some specimens have been reported to be up to 45 metres tall. The straight and cylindrical bole can be up to 78cm in diameter[
The plant is gathered from the wild, mainly for local use, for food and materials.
E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Often common, but scattered in (hilly) primary and secondary lowland forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, coastal peat-swamp forest, seasonally swampy forest, Schima-bamboo forest, along beaches and river banks, and in submontane scrubs[
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A plant of the lowland tropics, found naturally at elevations below 500 metres[
Grows naturally on yellow, brown or black sandy soil, sandy loam, sandstone, yellow clay, clay-loam, rocky coral, or granite[
]. According to Whitmore (1973), the plant is a calcifuge (is calcicole meant here?[
]), because it is common along the coast in NE Malaysia and the inland collections may reflect old Pleistocene shore lines. However, the plants are also found in a far more acid surrounding, therefore it is more likely to be a very tolerant species capable of growing in a wide variety of soils[
Plants can flower and fruit the whole year through[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The young leaves are cooked and eaten as spinach or chopped up with rice[
The wood is said to be light red, moderately hard, close-grained, dense and durable[
]. It is used as a non-construction timber, for building purposes and for sampans and columns[
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