Mesua lepidota T.Anderson

Last updated: 30 Jun 2016

Scientific Name

Mesua lepidota T.Anderson (unresolved name) [1]


No documentation.

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Penaga bayan, penaga tikus (Peninsular). [2]

Geographical Distributions

Mesua lepidota is distributed throughout Malaysia (Peninsular), Indonesia (Sumatra). [2]

M. lepidota grows in lowlands and plains, sometimes in seasonal swamp forest. [2]

Botanical Description

M. lepidota is a member of the Guttiferae family. It is atree which is up to measure 20 m tall with trunk diametre of measuring 40 cm. [2]

The bole is fluted at the base and with adherent scaly bark. The inner bark is pink-brown in colour with translucent to clear, yellow and varnish-like exudate. [2]

The leaves are arranged opposite, simple and entire. The petiole is a measure about 5 mm long. The blade is oblong-elliptical in shape, with a size of measuring about 8-15 cm x 3-5 cm, wedge-shaped base, slightly recurved margin and acuminate apex. [2]

The inflorescence is a terminal or axillary umbel that consisting of 1-3-flowered racemes and up to measure about 6 cm long. The flowers are bisexual and on a pedicel with small paired bracts. There are 4 decussate sepals which are rounded and measure 5 mm in diamere. Petals are 4 in number, very narrowed at base with a roundish apical part which is measuring about 8 mm in diametre and white or pink in colour. [2]

The fruit is a spherical capsule, with a size of measuring about 2.5 cm in diametre, thick and woody. It is seated on the persistent, usually reflexed and thick-woody sepals. [2]


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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 M. lepidota [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Mesua lepidota T.Anderson [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2016 Jun 30]. Available from:
  2. Boer E, Ella AB, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia 18. Plants producing exudates. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers; 2000.