Melochia umbellata (Houtt.) Stapf
Stapf, O. (1912) Kew Bulletin : 317.
Wesnoo; Tangkal Bintenoo; Meloch; Betenook; Boosi
A small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh. White granular and pink fibrous stripes in the outer blaze.
Leaf blades about 7.5-15 x 5.5-11 cm. Stellate hairs present on the underside of the younger leaf blades. Midrib and four veins usually radiate from the base where the petiole joins the leaf blade. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped. Stipules caducous. Large pores in the twig pith readily visible with a lens or just visible to the naked eye.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 5-6 mm diam., undersurface hairy near the base. First pair of leaves with toothed margins. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves ovate, apex acute, base obtuse to cordate, teeth irregular, dentate, upper surface with a few prostrate, pale hairs; stipules linear, petiole and terminal bud clothed in pale hairs. Seed germination time 39 to 144 days.
Stem bark material of this species was active against some tumors. Collins et al. (1990).