|Etymology||Genus||A point (Ardis); referring to the pointed anthers|
|Species||Elliptic; referring to the shape of the leaves|
|Synonyms||Ardisia littoralis Andrews, Ardisia squamulosa C. Presl, Ardisia umbellata Roxb.|
|Common Names||Mata Ayam, Seashore Ardisia, Shoebutton Ardisia|
|Form||Small tree or shrub|
|Native Distribution||India to southeast China, Indochina, and Malesia|
Ardisia elliptica is a small bushy tree sometimes pruned as a shrub. It is recognisable from its fleshy thick leaves which are oppositely arranged, reddish petiole, and inconspicuious veins. The ends of the twigs are swollen. It flowers and fruits very often and gregariously, hence making it an attractive ornamental plant.
Form of Mata Ayam.
Leaves are thick with inconspicuous veins.
The ends of twigs have a swollen base.
Flowers are pinkish.