|Species||Wedge-shaped; perhaps referring to the flatten twigs|
|Synonyms||Erythroxylum bancanum Burck, Erythroxylum borneense Merr., Erythroxylum burmanicum Griff.|
|Common Names||Wild Cocaine, Baka, Beluntas Bukit|
Erythroxylum cuneatum is a shrub or small tree that is found naturally at coastal areas. The leaves are alternately arranged, hairless, with the underside being pale green, and having a netted venation. What is more distinctive are the twigs with are flatten and have a small slit where the leaf stalk is attached to.
The Wild Cocaine belongs to the Coca family but does not contain the psychoactive stimulant of cocaine. Its wood is said to be very durable and easy to work with; being used for making houses and bridges in Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra respectively (Slik, 2009). In Bunguran, the leaves are reported to be used in vegetable soup.
A small tree at Lazarus Island.
Alternate leaf arrangement.
Flatten twigs with small slits.
Leaf upper surface.
Leaf lower surface, with faint netted venation.
Tiny white flower.
A praying mantis disguised among the foliage.
Slik F (2009) Erythroxylum cuneatum. Plants of Southeast Asia. http://www.asianplant.net. Accessed 2-Dec-2018.