Hasseltia arborea Blume
Kixia arborea (Blume) Steud.
Tabernaemontana ovalis Miq.
Kibatalia arborea is an evergreen tree with a small crown; it usually grows up to 45 metres tall with reports of some trees reaching 65 metres. The straight bole can be up to 100cm in diameter with short buttresses[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood, possibly also as a food.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines
Lowland forest, often on stream banks and steep slopes; at elevations up to 500 mtres[
We have no specific information for this species, but the flowers of plants in this genus are often cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
A few drops of the latex in a glass of water is a well-known local anthelmintic in Java, but it can easily cause inflammation[
]. The latex is used with great care as a tonic against internal parasites[
Steroidal alkaloids are likely to be the active principles responsible for the anthelmintic activity[
The heartwood is white, it is not differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is fine and even, the grain straight. The wood is soft, light in weight, not very durable and readily attacked by sapstain fungi. The wood is easy to work. It is suitable for small objects such as musical instrumants, picture frames, fixtures, pencil slats, toothpicks, knifw sheaths, polo balls, carving, matches etc[
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