Vitex parviflora

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Vitex parviflora
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Vitex
Species: V. parviflora
Binomial name
Vitex parviflora

Vitex parviflora is a species of plant in the Verbenaceae family, also known as smallflower chastetree[1] or the molave tree. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is threatened by habitat loss.The name "molave" is from Spanish, derived from Tagalog mulawin. It is also known as tugas in Visayan languages.[2]

It yields one of two woods from the same genus called molave wood, the other being Vitex cofassus. It is valued in the Philippines for its dense durable wood, and was once used extensively in furniture, boats, utensils, and as construction material. However, due to overharvesting and habitat loss, it is now classified as endangered by the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Vitex parviflora". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ Bareja, Ben G. "Two Strains of Molave Tree Distinguished". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Molave". The Return of the Philippine Native Trees. Rain Forest Restoration Initiative. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ Bareja, Ben G. "The Molave Trees are Amazing, What With Their Plenty of Conventional Uses and New Ones That Evolved". Retrieved 14 August 2017.