Miquelia caudata

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Miquelia caudata

Description

A slender climber up to 6 m. Branchlets pale, striate, early glabrescent and corticate, 2-5 mm ø. Leaves oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-oblong, apex shortly, sometimes rather abruptly acuminate, base broadly cuneate to rounded, thin-charta-ceous to membranaceous, glabrous above, laxly puberulous all over the surface and soft to the touch beneath, glabrescent, entire, (10-)12-20 by (4-)5-8 cm, midrib and nerves moderately raised beneath, nerves 1 or 2 basal and 5-6 upper pairs, equally curved-ascending and rather obscurely anastomosing, reticulation generally lax and but slightly prominent;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present)
Malesia: Malay Peninsula, Borneo. .

Uses

The stem holds a reservoir of potable water. VAUGHAN-STEFFENS stated that the red fruits are added to Antiaris latex in making ‘sakai (pangan)’ dart-poison (), but no confirmation of this has been available.

Citation

Ridl. 1922 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen. p 433
SLEUM. 1969 – In: Blumea. p 230
BURK. 1935: Dict. p 1478