Antidesma ghaesembilla Gaertn.

Last updated: 28 September 2015

Scientific Name

Antidesma ghaesembilla Gaertn.


Antidesma frutescens Jack, Antidesma ghaesembilla var. paniculatum (Blume) Müll.Arg., Antidesma ghaesembilla var. vestitum (C.Presl) Müll.Arg., Antidesma paniculatum Blume, Antidesma pubescens Roxb., Antidesma rhamnoides Brongn. ex Tul., Antidesma schultzii Benth., Antidesma spicatum Blanco, Antidesma vestitum C.Presl. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Balong Ayam, Gunchak, Kunchor Puteh [2], Guncak, cuncak (Peninsula); Andarupis, Anjarubi, Anjuripes, Indarupis, Ondurupis, Tandurupis, Tendrupis (Dusun); Borotindik, Dempul, Guchek, Gunchin, Gunipot (Dusun); Kakapal (Bisaya) [3]; kunchow, gunchian [4], Kesumba, kesambi, sekinchak, kunchoh [5]
English blackcurrant tree [2]
China Fang ye wu yue cha [6]
India Amrul, ata, ceriyakottam, jaana palasheru, jamrudi, jomdri, lona, miyoto, muthbar, polari, pollai, pullari, pulusari [4]
Indonesia Dempul Lelet,  Ande-ande (Java); Kutikata gunung (Ambon); Lonang (Kalimantan) [2]; Banoton, Bohneh, Bohnei, Bungorak, Kucir, Mekremie, Monton, Tingiran puni (Sumatra); Andi, Ki valot, Onjam, Sepat, Wuni dedek, Wuni jaran dawuk. (Java); Kunfunu (Mollo); Luna, Piras, Wuler ku, Wuler satar. Kunfunu (Mollo); Luna, Piras, Wuler ku, Wuler satar (Sunda) [3]; Onyam (Sunda); Kuncir (Sumatra) [5]
Thailand Mangmao (Chanthaburi); Mao khai pla (Chon Buri) [2], kha-mao-pha, maeng-mao, mak-kao, mak-mao, mao-thung [4]
Philippines Binayuyu (Tagalog) [2]; Anyam, Arosep (Il.), Bananyo, Barunasi, Baso-baso, Bignay-pugo, Binayuyo, Bignai-pogo, Bignayoyo, Dangol, Grumun, Holat-baguis, Imian, Inang, Iniam, Kabogbog (Tagbanua) [3]
Papua New Guinea Fair (Wanigela); Sigoreh (Orokaiva); Sila, Tagi (Onjob) [5]
Bangladesh Khudijam [7]
Other Places Buembilla, Jana-pa-laseru, Jondri, Khudi jamb, Limtoa, Mata sure, Nuniari, Polari, Pollai, Pulsur, Pyizin, Timtoa, Umtoa [8]

Geographical Distributions

This plant is distributed along Tropical Africa, India, Southern China, South-East Asia and Australia. Usually found in open grassland at low and medium altitudes. [9]

Botanical Description

A. ghaesembilla is a member of the Phyllanthaceae (Euphorbiaceae) family. It is a small deciduous tree which can grow up to 16 m tall with light grey bark, branchelets, young leaves and inflorescence soft-tomentose. [9]

The leaves are alternate, simple, penni-veined with secondary veins looping, usually hairy below oval or obovate, measures 6-11 cm long. The petioles are short, main lateral nerves 4-6 pairs, stipules subulate, as long as petiole. [9]

The male flowers are yellowish green, many flowers grouped into much branched spikes. The sepals are usually 5, sometimes 6 or 7 obovate with 4-5, 2.0-2.5 mm long stamens with filaments free, inserted between disc-lobes; disc 4-6-lobed; rudimentary ovary obconical, measures 0.7 mm long. The female flowers are many flowers grouped into much branched racemes with very short pedicels and sepals as in male. The discs are annular with ovary ovoid, measures ca. 1 mm in diameter with 3 styles and a terminal. [9]

The drupes are small, dark purple when ripe and pulp is agreeably acid. [9]


A. ghaesembilla prefers spars forest, open scrub, deciduous, evergreen or mixed dry forest at 200-1100 m. [10]

Chemical Constituent

A. ghaesembilla was reported to contain saponin, carbohydrates, glycosides, steroids, proteins, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, fats and oil. Other composition includes phenols, flavones, tannins, coumarins, saponins, xanthoprotein, reducing sugar, alkaloids, cysteine and oil. [7][11]

Plant Part Used

Leaf, stem, fruit [4]

Traditional Use

The plant is being used by tribal people for their medicinal properties. Leaves of A. ghaesembilla were boiled with water for blood nourishment and used to treat headache. The stem is used as to stimulate menstrual flow and menorrhea. The fruit is eaten locally or used as purgative. [12]

Preclinical Data


Cytotoxic activity

Methanol extract of A. ghaesembilla was tested for Brine shrimp lethality bioassay and showed cytotoxicity with LC50 value of 25 μg/ml compared to control group that exhibited no mortality using brine shrimp nauplii and DMSO as a solvent. [1]

Antimicrobial activity

Methanol extract of A. ghaesembilla inhibited bacteria growth against seven pathogenic bacteria (Shigella dysenteriae, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vibrio cholerae, Bacillus cereus, Shigella sonnei, Bacillus megaterium). The results demonstrated effects against number of bacteria at concentration 1200 µg/disc in comparison with kanamycin as standard. [1]

Antioxidant activity

Methanol extract of A. ghaesembilla possessed a good antioxidant capacity and showed good DPPH scavenging activity in which IC50 value for the plant extracts was 632.528 µg mL-1 compared to ascorbic acid (13.37 µg mL-1). The cupric reducing power of the plant extract indicated good increase at the beginning while increasing the concentration and the increasing trend sustain with concentration due to the presence of reductones. [1]


Based on the Brine Shrimp Lethality Bioassay, the methanol extract of A. ghaesembilla had showed a notable cytotoxic activity. The LC50 of the methanol extract of the whole plant was found to be 25 µg/ml. [7]

Clinical Data

Clinical findings

No documentation


Dosage Range

No documentation

Poisonous Management

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