Ochrosia oppositifolia Lam K Schum

[From Greek, okhros = yellow and from Latin, oppositus = opposite and folium = leaf]

Synonymy: Neisosperma oppositifolium (Lam.) Fosb. & Sach., Calpicarpum oppositifolium (Lam.) Boiteau, Cerbera oppositifolia Lam., Lactaria salubris Raf., Neisosperma oppositifolia (Lam.) Fosb. & Sach., Ochrosia salubris (Raf.) Blume., Ochrosia borbonica Gmel.

Physical description: It is a tree which grows to a height of 6 m and has a girth of 45 cm. The plant is found on the sandy seashores of Malaysia, Indonesia and Polynesia. Leaves: simple, without stipules and whorled. The Fig; 268.Ochrosia oppositifolia (Lam ) K.


petiole is 2.5cm-3cm long and channeled. The blade is spathulate, glossy, leathery, and 10cmx4cm-14cmx8cm. The apex of the blade is slightly acuminate. The margin is slightly recurved. The blade shows 17-20 pairs of secondary nerves. The fruits consist of pairs of 7 cm x 3.5 cm, ovoid, smooth, succulent follicles, beaked at the apex (Fig. 268).

Uses: In Indonesia, the roots of Ochrosia oppositifolia (Lam.) K. Schum. are used to promote digestion, appetite and counteract seafood poisoning. Georgius Everadius Rumphius states that the roots are used to counteract poisonous fish and crustacean digestive poisoning.

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