Durio dulcis Becc.

Last updated: 20 May 2015

Scientific Name

Durio dulcis Becc.


Durio conicus Becc. [1]

Vernacular Name


Lahong, layung, durian bala (Dayak); durian merah (Malay); durian isa (Iban); pesasang (Tidung) [3]

Geographical Distributions

Durio dulcis is distributed throughout Borneo; occasionally also cultivated for the fruits. This plant occurs in lowland forest up to 800 m altitude. It is found scattered in mixed dipterocarp forest on sandy clay soils and friable clay loams. [2]

Botanical Description

D. dulcis comes from the Bombacaceae family. It is a fair large tree that can reach up to measure 40 m tall. [2]

The bole is up to measure 80 cm in diametre and with large buttresses which are up to measure 4 m high. The bark surface is rough, superficially fissured or irregularly flaky and reddish-brown in colour. [2]

The leaves are elliptical or obovate-elliptical in shape, measuring about 7-14 cm x 3.5-6 cm and densely scaly below. [2]

The flowers are in short inflorescence clustered on the older branches. The petals are up to measure 45 mm long, pink in colour, stamens in bundles and opened by a slit. [2]

The fruit is spherical and up to measure 15 cm in diametre, while the outside is dark red to dark brown-red in colour with long slender spines and very strong smells. [2]

The seed is brown, each completely covered by a dark yellow aril. [3]


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Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of D. dulcis Becc. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Durio dulcis Becc.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 20]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2779439
  2. Lemmens RHMJ, Soerianegara I, Wong WC, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.5(2): Timber trees: Minor Commercial Timbers. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers; 1995.
  3. Jansen PCM, Jukema J, Oyen LPA, van Lingen TG. Durio dulcis Becc. In: Verheij EWM, Coronel RE, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 2: Edible fruits and nuts. Wageningen, Netherlands: Pudoc Scientific Publisher, 1991; p. 330.