Helicia castaneifolia Meisn.
Helicia javanica Blume
Helicia macrophylla Wall.
Helittophyllum javanicum Blume
Roupala glabrata Wall.
Roupala javanica Steud.
Roupala robusta Roxb.
Roupala serrata Reinw. ex Blume
Roupala wallichii Steud.
Helicia robusta is a tree with a wide-spreading crown; it can grow 5 - 18 metres tall. The bole can be up to 28cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
The fruit is said to be poisonous[
E. Asia - India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
An understorey tree in undisturbed to slightly disturbed (open) mixed dipterocarp, swamp and sub-montane forests, usually growing on alluvial (periodically inundated) sites or along rivers and streams, on sandy soils; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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Plants start flowering and producing fruit when only a couple of metres tall[
Plants usually respond well to coppicing[
Young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The wood is heavy and hard[
]. It is used in house construction and for the shafts of axes[
]. It is not a first class timber[
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