Urobotrya siamensis is a shrub or small tree growing up to 5 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The whole plant is poisonous[
When not in flower, this species is very similar in appearance to Melientha suavis, a species with edible shoots. The young shoots of this species have sometimes been eaten instead of those of Melientha suavis, with fatal results. For instance, in February 2005 in West Cambodia, more than 60 people suffered poisoning after having eaten the leaves of this species, and 15 of them (mainly children) died[
Southeast Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Dry, evergreen forest, rarely in deciduous forest; often on limestone hills; at elevations from sea level up to 1,000 metres[
The leaves, and/or fruits, are used as a treatment against intestinal parasites[
]. Great care needs to be exercised, because in large amounts the plant is a deadly poison[
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