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  Baeckea frutescens
  Family Name : Myrtaceae

  Common Names : False Ru, Cucur Atap, Chuchur Atap, Ujan Atap, Timor Tasek, China Maki, Rempah Gunong, Da Eng

  Chinese Name : 岗松

False Ru,Cucur Atap,Chuchur Atap,Ujan Atap,Timor Tasek,China Maki,Rempah Gunong,Da Eng
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Small (6m-15m))
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, southern China, Australia
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Small tree, able to grow up to about 6 m tall.
      Foliage: Green to greyish-green leaves, small and needle-like, simple and opposite arrangement, surface glabrous, measuring about 5 - 10 mm long, petiole measuring about 0.5 mm long.
      Flowers: Pinkish-white small flowers, solitary in leaf axils, measuring about 3 mm wide, bracts caducous, 5 sepals and rounded, stamens about 7 - 13 present, ovary inferior. 
      Fruits: Fruit is a greenish-brown berry-like capsule, measuring about 1.5 - 2 mm wide.
      Habitat :
      Usually found in slopes, open grasslands and low hills. 
      Etymology :
      Genus Baeckea is named after Abraham Baeck, a physician and friend of Linnaeus. Species frutescens means becoming shrubby.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Herb & Spice)
      Medicinal (The entire plant(except the roots), is used as an antibacterial, an antidysentery, an antipyretic and a diuretic.  The Chinese use the leaves as a remedy for sunstroke and fever. The leaves are used as an ingredient of native medicine given to mothers after childbirth in Malaysia and Indonesia. The flowers of this plant are used to treat dyspepsia and menstrual problems. The essential oil from this plant is used in the treatment of rheumatism.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Foliage)
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Acicular / Needle)
      Foliar Margin :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      2.5 (Tree - Open Canopy)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Bark Colour(s) :
      Mature Bark Texture :
      Stem Type & Modification :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Flower Location :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Campaulate / Bell-shaped
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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