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Elaeocarpus obtusus  Bl.sensu King


Botanical Name


Elaeocarpus obtusus Bl.sensu King

English Name


Marsh Laurel



Elaeocarpus macrocerus (Turcz.) Merr., Elaeocarpus macrocerus litoralis Kurz





General Info


Large tree grows to a height of 45m with a girth of 2.7m. The Bole is buttressed,shows stilt roots, and pneumatophores shaped like an inverted Y. The Bark is light brown, smooth, cracked, or lenticelled. The Inner bark is pale orange and granular-crumbly. The Stems are 5mm thick.; The Blade is obovate, leathery, 5cm × 2.5cm – 16cm × 6.5cm, subglaucous below, rounded at the apex, and tapered at the base. The Margin is toothed. The Petiole is 9mm – 3.2cm long. The Inflorescences consist of racemes which are 1–5cm long, and axillary. The Flowers are 5-merous, 1–4cm long, and comprise more than 40 stamens and a hairy ovary. The Fruits are smooth and glabrous, 3cm × 2.5cm, and contain a rugose stone.



Medicinal Use

To treat insect bites (a paste of leaves).


Christophe Wiart. Medicinal Plants of Asia and the Pacific, P:89-90, CRC Press, June 2006.



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