Prunus glabrifolia


Shrubs or trees up to 15 m. Leaves elliptic to oblong or ovatish, 3.5-7.5(-ll) by 1.5-4(-5) cm, base acute to rounded, apex acute to acuminate, coriaceous, with 4-7 pairs of nerves, venation inconspicuous, both sides entirely glabrous when mature, basal glands 2, flat Petiole up to 1 cm long. Stipules oblong to narrowly triangular, 1.5-4 by 0.5-1.5 mm, free, with 1-3 flat or pustular glands on the surface (only seen in Malayan specimens) and sometimes (also) with marginal glands. Stamens 12-20, filaments up to 3.5 mm, glabrous or with hairs at base, anthers up to 0.7 mm long. Ovary densely hairy at least in lower part, style up to 2.5 mm, hairy or glabrous. Fruits transversely ellipsoid, 6-9 by (7-)8.5-12.5 mm, exocarp sparsely hairy, colour unknown, endocarp glabrous inside. Seed with glabrous testa.


Asia-Tropical:, Borneopresent (Sabahpresent, Sarawakpresent); Malayapresent Johore: present Malacca: present Selangor: present W Sumatra: present mountains in Perak: present
W Sumatra, Malaya (mountains in Perak, Selangor, Malacca, Johore), Borneo (Sarawak, dubious specimen from Sabah).


In 1965 the species was only seen from Malaya and Sumatra; it has now also been collected in the Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak. A dubious specimen comes from Mt Kinabalu, Sabah.
The species differs from the rather similar Prunus grisea var. tomentosa in the stiff and hard (not papyraceous) leaves.
The epithets brevifolia and scortechinii were used previously in Prunus.


Ridley - in Fl. Mai. Penins. 1922: 674
Ridley - in Fl. Mai. Pen. 1922: 676
Prance & Whitmore - in Tree Fl. Malaya. 1973: 338


Prunus glabrifolia Kalkman in Blumea 13: 64. 1965
  • Pygeum brevifolium Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 2: 321. 1878
    • Holotype: Mt Ophir, Malaya, Griffith 2051.
    • Type: Mt Ophir, Malaya, Lobb s.n.
  • =Pygeum scortechinii King in J. As. Soc. Beng. 66: 290. 1897
    • Type: Scortechini 357.