Agelaea borneensis (Hook.f.) Merr.

Etymology Genus From Greek agelaios, forming a flock; in reference to the inflorescence
Species From Borneo, one of its native origins
Family Connaraceae
Synonyms Agelaea vestita Hook.f., Castanola villosa Schellenb.
Common Names Akar Sebasa Itam, Kayu Poyoh, Akar Rusa-Rusa
Status Native: Vulnerable
Form Climber
Native Distribution Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Philippines


A woody climber in forests, Agelaea borneensis has alternative leaves that are trifoliated. The leaves have prominent secondary and tertiary veins, with brown hairs sometimes covering over the upper veins and leaf stalk.

Interesting Facts:

In Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines, the tough stems and branches are used for ropes, tying rafts and hoop-nets (Brink et al., 2016). In fact, its stems has been used to support the church bells in Tayabas, Quezon, Philippines for more than 200 years.

Scrambling climber in Central Catchment Nature Reserve (2013).

Leaf underside, showing the venation.

Leaf upperside.

Leaf stalk, with brown hairs.


Fruit with exposed seed.


Brink M, Jansen PCM & Bosch CH (2016) Agelaea borneensis (PROSEA). Plant Resources of South East Asia. Accessed on 14-Dec-2018.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-18