Rennellia speciosa Roxb Hook f

[After J. Rennell, 1742-1830, English oceanographer and from Latin, speciosus = beautiful]

Synonymy: Morinda speciosa Roxb. Common name: Mengkudu rimba (Malay).

Uses: In Malaysia, a decoction of the bark or roots is used to treat dropsy and to assuage pain in the bones. A decoction of the leaves and roots is used to treat rheumatism. The therapeutic potential of Rennellia speciosa (Roxb.) Hook. f. remains unexplored.

Rennellia speciosa (Roxb.)

Physical description: It is a treelet of the lowland rainforest of the Asia-Pacific. Leaves: simple, decussate and stipulate. The stipules are interpetiolar, broad and bifid. The petiole is 1 cm-2.5cm long. The blade is broad above the middle, 10 cm x 25 cm, tapering at the base and acuminate. The inflorescences are heads consisting of approximately 3 flowers which are purple and show prominent bilobed stigmas. The fruiting heads are purplish round, and 1 cm in diameter (Fig. 358).

Rennellia speciosa (Roxb.)

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