Strombosia ceylanica

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Strombosia ceylanica
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Santalales
Family: Olacaceae
Genus: Strombosia
S. ceylanica
Binomial name
Strombosia ceylanica
  • Anacolosa maingayi Mast.
  • Lasianthera membranacea (Blume) Miq.
  • Lavallea ceylanica (Gardner) Baill.
  • Stemonurus membranaceus Blume
  • Strombosia maingayi (Mast.) Whitmore
  • Strombosia membranacea (Blume) Valeton

Strombosia ceylanica is a tree in the family Olacaceae. The specific epithet ceylanica is from the Latin meaning "of Ceylon".[2]


Strombosia ceylanica grows up to 40 metres (130 ft) tall with a trunk diameter of up to 60 centimetres (24 in). The bark is grey to brown. The flowers are greenish white. The roundish fruits are pink to purple and measure up to 2.5 cm (1 in) in diameter. The wood is used in house construction.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Strombosia ceylanica grows naturally in India's Kerala state,[3] Sri Lanka, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Its habitat is forests from sea-level to 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) altitude.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Strombosia ceylanica Gardner". The Plant List. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Tipot, Lesmy (1995). "Strombosia ceylanica Gardner" (PDF). In Soepadmo, E.; Wong, K. M. (eds.). Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak. (free online from the publisher, lesser resolution scan PDF versions). Vol. 1. Forest Research Institute Malaysia. pp. 284–285. ISBN 983-9592-34-3. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Type of Forests". Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department. Retrieved 15 July 2014.