Pentaspadon motleyi Hook.f.

Last updated: 04 August 2016

Scientific Name

Pentaspadon motleyi Hook.f. (unresolved name) [1]


No documentation.

Vernacular Name

Malaysia White pelong tree, pe­long licin (Peninsular); empelanjau (Dayak, Sa­bah) [2]
Indonesia Plajau (Suma­tra); kedondong (Dayak, Kalimantan); pilajau (Ma­lay, Kalimantan) [2]

Geographical Distributions

Pentaspadon motleyi is found in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, the Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. [2]

Botanical Description

P. motleyi is a member of the Anacardiaceae family. It is a large tree which can reach up to 50 m tall. The bole is branchless for up to 20 m, measuring up to 70 cm in diametre and with buttresses up to 5 m high. The surface of the bark is dippled to scaly, with lenticels, brown to grey-brown or grey-white and pink in the inner bark. [2]

The leaflets are hairless below. [2]

The rachis of inflorescence is flattened in the lower half. The flowers are white. [2]

The fruit is 3-5 cm long and ovoid to ovoid-oblong. [2]


Pentaspadon motleyi is found up to 75(-300) m alti­tude and occurs scattered along rivers, in mixed swamp forests, in periodically inundated sites, but not in peat. The density of the wood is 480-800 kg/m3 at 15% moisture content. [2]

Chemical Constituent

No documentation.

Plant Part Used

No documentation.

Traditional Use

No documentation.

Preclinical Data

No documentation.

Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

No documentation.

Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of P. motleyi [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Pentaspadon motleyi Hook.f. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2016 Jun 30]. Available from:
  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.