Azaola betis Blanco
Bassia betis (Blanco) Merr.
Illipe betis (Blanco) Merr.
Isonandra betis (Blanco) Baehni
Madhuca philippinensis Merr.
Payena betis (Blanco) Fern.-Vill.
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruits
Photograph by: Brown W.; Minor Products of the Philippine Forests Vol. 2; Philippines Bureau of Forestry, 1921
Madhuca betis is a deciduous tree growing up to 35 metres tall. The bole can be up to 80cm in diameter[
Its fruit is gathered from the wild for local use as an oil for lamps etc[
]. The timber is exploited locally.
The plant is listed as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(1998) due to overexploitation and habitat destruction[
E. Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Primary lowland forests at elevations up to 300 metres[
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The bark and the leaves are used as a treatment for stomach pains in children[
A latex obtained from the inner bark is applied to the abdomen in order to expel worms[
The powdered bark is used as a snuff to provoke sneezing[
An oil obtained from the fruit is used as an illuminant[
The pale red wood is hard and heavy[
]. It is considered excellent for purposes requiring great strength and durability. It is used for heavy construction, such as for wharves, bridges and ship building; and for posts, foundation sills, sleepers, paving blocks and tool handles[
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