|Etymology||Genus||Cerberus, the three-headed dog in Greek mythology|
|Species||Indian common name for this species|
|Synonyms||Cerbera dilatata Markgr., Cerbera forsteri Seem., Cerbera lactaria Buch.-Ham. ex Spreng.|
|Common Names||Pong Pong, Sea Apple|
|Native Distribution||India, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra|
Cerbera odollam is a cultivated tree also found in our coastal forests and mangroves. It has distinctive foliage because of the spirally arranged leaves. The leaves are narrowly obovate with a small drip tip. A helpful character which is almost always present is the dry brown leaves on the tree.
Its other congener, Cerbera manghas can only be differentiated from C. odollam by the flowers, with C. manghas having a red centre.
The Pong Pong tree used to be a very commonly cultivated tree in Singapore.
Whorled leaves. Dried brown leaves are a common feature.
Leaf shape and white sap emerging from a broken part.
The flower has a yellow centre.
Fruits ripen to red.
The husk makes the fruit buoyant.