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Seashore and Beach Plants

Cassine viburnifolia

  Kempudang baran Celastraceae

 

Kempudang baran, Cassine viburnifolia

 

Kempudang baran, Cassine viburnifolia

It is also uncommon or rare, and was found in wet coastal communities and has been recorded in mangroves, back mangroves and along tidal rivers. From the Andaman Islands through the Malay Peninsula to northern Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi. It was known as Elaeodendron subrotundum.

Features: A shrub or small tree (to 8m tall). Leaves (5-7cm) with wavy margins, arranged opposite one another. Flowers tiny (less than 1cm), in clusters. Fruit (about 1cm) with one seed, ripening yellow. The corky berry is adapted to water dispersal.

Human uses: According to Giersen, the husk of the fruit is said to be used to stupefy fish. It is also used as firewood.

Status and threats: This plant is listed as 'Critically Endangered' in the Red List of threatened plants of Singapore. It is threatened by habitat loss and oil spills.

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