Maasia hypoleuca (Hook.f. & Thomson) Mols, Kessler & Rogstad

Last updated: 1 July 2015

Scientific Name

Maasia hypoleuca (Hook.f. & Thomson) Mols, Kessler & Rogstad


Polyalthia hypoleuca Hook.f. & Thomson. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar larak hutan, melilin (Peninsular); selaut (Iban, Sabah) [2]
Indonesia Tepis(Sumatra); banet, usai (Bangka) [2]
Thailand Sang yuu khaao (Nakhon Si Thammarat) [2].

Geographical Distributions

Maasia hypoleuca is found in Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Bangka and Borneo. [2] 

M. hypoleuca occurs in lowland forest, also in peat-swamp forest, up to 600 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

M. hypoleuca is a member of the Annonaceae family. It is a small to medium-sized tree that up to 35 m tall with its bole diametre is up to 50 cm while the twigs are soon smooth. [2]

The leaves are elliptical to narrowly elliptical, 6-12.5 cm x 2-3.5 cm, leathery, acute or rounded at base while the petiole is 3-7 mm long. [2]

The flowers are in axils of leaves or fallen leaves. The petals are linear that up to 1.2 cm long and pale yellow. Monocarps are ellipsoid, 1-2 cm long while the stalk is 2-5 mm long and 1-seeded. [2]


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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of M. hypoleuca [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Maasia hypoleuca (Hook.f. & Thomson) Mols, Kessler & Rogstad. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013. [updated 2012 March 23, cited 2015 July 1] Available from:
  2. Polyalthia hypoleuca (Hook.f. & Thomson) Mols, Kessler & Rogstad. In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No 12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants
  3.  Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 2003.