Rennellia speciosa (Wall. ex Kurz) Hook.f.

Last updated: 6 August 2015

Scientific Name

Rennellia speciosa (Wall. ex Kurz) Hook.f.


Morinda speciosa Wall. ex Kurz [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Mengkudu rimba, semburan angin, meroyan kemput [2], lempedu tanah [3]

Geographical Distributions

Rennelia speciose can be found in Peninsular Burma (Myanmar), peninsular Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. R. speciosa occurs in rain forest up to 800 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

R. speciose is a member of the family Rubiaceae. It is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 7 m tall. [2]

The leaves are usually obovate or elliptical with a size of 8.5-22 cm x 2.5-5.5 cm. The petiole is 0.5-3 cm long. [2]

The inflorescence is panicle-like or umbel-like, capitula is 3-7 mm long peduncled. The sepal tube is about 0.5 mm long while the petal tube is 1.5-2.5 cm long. [2]

The fruit is 1-2 cm in diametre. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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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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Figure 1 : The line drawing of R. speciosa [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Rennellia speciosa (Wall. Ex Kurz) Hook.f. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Aug 6]. Available from :
  2. Rennellia speciosa (Wall. Ex Kurz) Hook.f. in: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia 12 (3): Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publication; 2003.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume V R-Z. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 20.